Firefighters use daylight savings time as a reminder for you to also change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Elizabeth Carter and her family experienced a house fire about 2 months ago, and she know just how important smoke detectors are.
“That’s something that you don’t ever think is going to happen to you,” Carter said.
Thankfully Carter and her family were not home during the fire, but she said she now has a whole new appreciation for smoke alarms
Fire officials said it’s important to make sure your smoke detectors have working batteries in them at all times because they’re usually the first line of defense in the event of a fire.
“Smoke detector completely replaced every ten years and the batteries should be changed twice a year. Every time you change your clocks either forwards or backward that’s when we ask you to change your batteries,” Antoinette Hastings, Assistant Fire Marshal with the WF Fire Dept., said.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm,
The NFPA also reports that having a working smoke alarm cuts the risk of dying in a home fire in half.
And fire officials said even if your smoke detector is not warning you the batteries need to be changed, switch them out any way.
“If you have a smoke detector and the batteries are dead then it’s no help to you, you want something that is going to help you, so make sure it’s working,” Hastings said.
And the Carters are doing just that.
“Thank God we weren’t home but if we had been home, just to think that was so late in the evening, we would completely rely on smoke alarms to have woken us up and gotten us out of the house,” Carter said.
And you may need to test your smoke alarm more often than you think, fire officials say do it at least once a week because it’s a simple measure– that could be life saving.
If you don’t have a working smoke detector in your home, the Wichita Falls Fire Department will come and install one for free. Call them at 940-761-7901.