FEMA Community Preparedness Update
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Spring Forward and Remember to Check Smoke Detectors
When you spring forward an hour for Daylight Savings this Sunday, it’s also the perfect time to make sure you have a working smoke alarm in your home. Smoke alarms significantly increase the chances of surviving a deadly home fire.
Take a few simple steps to get prepared including:
- Test and clean your smoke alarms monthly;
- Replace the batteries at least once a year;
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your residence, including the basement; and
- Replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 8-10 years or per manufacturer’s instructions.
- After you test your smoke alarm, let everyone know via Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to also share these tips with your family and friends.
For more information about smoke alarms and home fire safety, visit www.ready.gov/fires and www.usfa.dhs.gov/smokealarms.