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  Public Information Officer
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Iowa Department of Public Safety
Friday, March 7, 2014

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State Fire Marshal Reminds Iowans to Change Batteries When Daylight Saving Time Changes


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The Department of Public Safety reminds all Iowans to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend when they set their clocks ahead one hour at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, March 9th. The State Fire Marshal Division recommends that you change your smoke alarm batteries on March 9th and every year at Daylight Saving Time. Taking this simple step can save the lives of you and your family.

Many fatal fires occur at night while the victims are sleeping. A working smoke alarm can double the chances of survival by increasing the amount of time a person has to escape a fire in their home. Fire safety is as simple as making a habit of changing your smoke detector batteries when the time changes in spring and fall.

Remember these tips about smoke alarms:

  1. Have  smoke alarms on every  level  of your home, especially outside sleeping areas—and  preferably inside bedrooms  as well.

  2. Test them at least once a month and replace batteries at least once a year.  Daylight Saving  Time (March 9, 2014) is a great time to do this.

  3. Replace all detectors after 10 years.

  4. Place smoke alarms according to manufacturer’s  directions.

  5. Clean the outside ONLY of a smoke alarm by gently going over  the cover with the brush attachment of your vacuum  cleaner.  Never  paint a smoke alarm.

  6. Whenever  a smoke alarm beeps, take it seriously. It might just be a false alarm from cooking, temperature changes, or dust—but you can’t afford  to ignore the alert. Everyone  in the family needs to react immediately.

  7. Develop  and practice a home escape plan. Make sure your family knows two ways out of each room, a safe meeting place outside, how to call 9-1-1 once they’re out, and why they should NEVER go back into a burning house.

If you have questions about heating safety, contact the State Fire Marshal Division at 515-725-6145 or e-mail at fminfo@dps.state.ia.us.




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