Daylight Savings “Spring Forward” – Change Your Clocks and Change Your Batteries – Sunday, March 12

Sunday, March 11 – 2AM

Your clocks “Spring Ahead” one hour to reflect Daylight Savings Time. At this time, be sure to carefully inspect your fire safety devices and replace the batteries in all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The following information can assist you in safely evaluating your in-home fire safety devices.

 

Safety Tips

 

Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarms Save Lives! Working smoke alarms provide you and your family members with an early warning in the event of a fire.

There are different types of smoke alarms. There are smoke alarms that are wired into your home, and there are battery powered alarms. Wired smoke alarms are good, but they can also become unreliable in the event of a power failure. Be sure to install battery powered smoke alarms even if you have wired.

  • How how many alarms do I need and where should I install them? Smoke alarms should be installed in every hallway or floor, and in every bedroom of your home.When installing smoke alarms make sure to keep them away from things such as windows or ceiling fans. They will draw smoke away from your alarms sensor.
  • Do I have to maintain my smoke alarm? Test alarms monthly. Batteries should be changed every 6 months… A good rule of thumb is to change the batteries in your smoke alarm(s) when you change your clocks for daylight savings. Smoke alarms should also be replaced entirely every 5 years.
  • What do I do if my smoke alarm goes off? In the event your smoke alarm goes off because there is smoke in your home, make sure that all of your family members are safe and then follow your home escape plan. Call 911!

For more information on smoke alarms visit NFPA.org’s Smoke Alarm Section.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also product dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
  • Place alarms closer to the ceiling, as carbon monoxide is lighter than air.
  • CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each seperate sleeping area.
  • Test CO alarms at least once a month, and replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • CO alarms should be either ULC or CSA approved.
  • Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include: severe headache, dizziness, mental confusion, nausea, or faintness. Many of these symptoms are similar to the flu, food poisoning or other illnesses.

For more information on carbon monoxide alarms visit NFPA.org’s Carbon Monoxide Safety Section.

Fire Extinguishers

Remember that extinguishers have limits, they are not for large fires because most last for less than 30 seconds. That being said, when used properly a portable extinguisher can save lives and property by knocking down a small fire or containing one until the fire department arrives.

Installation & Proper Maintenance Portable extinguishers should be installed in plain view. Near an escape route, away from any heating appliances, and above the reach of children. It is very important to maintain your extinguisher because you want to know that it will work if the time comes that you may need to use it. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for maintenance. Usage Tips Remember to always use the manufacturer’s instructions when using a fire extinguisher.

  • Always remember PASS. PASS stands for: Pull, Aim, Squeeze & Sweep
  • Keep a safe distance from you and the fire
  • Hold the extinguisher by it’s handle in an upright position
    • Pull the safety pin or lever to unlock the extinguisher
    • Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire
    • Squeeze the handle fully
    • Sweep from side to side
  • Start at the front of the fire; work your way to the back
  • Always back away, never turn your back on the fire!

Types of Fire Extinguishers There are four basic types of fire extinguishers:

  • Class A – Ordinary Combustibles (Wood, cloth or paper)
  • Class B – Flammable Liquids (Gasoline or oil)
  • Class C – Energized Electrical Equipment (Wiring, fuse boxes, breakers, or appliances)
  • Class D – Flammable Metals (Magnesium or potassium)

Fore more information on Fire Extinguishers please visit NFPA.org’s Fire Extinguishers Section.

Cooking Safety

  • Put a lid on a grease fire to smother it then turn off the heat. Baking soda will also work.
  • Wear tightfitting sleeves when cooking. Loose sleeves easily catch fire.
  • Never throw water on a grease fire. Water will only spread the fire around.
  • Never move a burning pan. You can easily ignite your clothes or spill the fire onto somone or something else.
  • Stand by your pan! Never leave cooking unattended.

Safe Smoking

  • Try to quit again.
  • For health and fire safety reasons, permit smoking outside only.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Use large ashtrays with center rests so cigarettes fall into the ashtray not on the floor.
  • Smokers should keep lighters on their person, not on the table or in a purse where children can find them.
  • Never smoke in homes where oxygen is in use.

Matches & Lighters

  • Purchase child resistant lighters, and do not remove the mechanism.
  • Keep all matches and lighters out of reach and sight of children. A high, locked cabinet is recommended
  • Teach children that matches and lighters are not toys, they are tools for grown-ups.
  • Teach young children to tell a grown-up when they see matches or lighters lying around.
  • Never give a lighter to a child as a toy.