When you fall back this weekend, change your smoke alarm batteries

The Shelton Fire Prevention Bureau urges everyone to change their smoke alarm batteries when changing their clocks back one hour this Sunday, Nov. 4. Working smoke alarms save lives.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. In cases where smoke alarms do not work at the time of a fire, the batteries are typically dead or missing. Smoke alarms should be installed and maintained throughout every home. Ted Pisciotta, Assistant Chief - Fire Prevention, also suggests checking the age of all smoke alarms as well.

Smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years. Pisciotta also suggests testing each smoke alarm by pressing the test button. This ensures that it works and everyone in the family is familiar with the sound. Do this every month.

Testing smoke alarms is also a good opportunity for the entire family to review and practice their home escape plan. Practice promptly exiting the home with two ways out. Gather outside at a designated meeting place and discuss how during a real emergency someone would then immediately call 911 for help.

For more information, the public is encouraged to contact the Shelton Fire Prevention Bureau at 203-924-1555 or on the web under “Public Safety” at www.cityofshelton.org