Sunday, March 9, 2014 To the residents of Franklin Lakes,
The Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department is reminding you this Sunday, March 9th, when you “spring forward” and change your clock one hour ahead; change your smoke detector batteries. This simple step can save lives.
Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery has been recognized as America’s most effective fire safety campaign, helping families keep safe should fire strike.
Working smoke alarms double a family’s chances of surviving a home fire. This program helps to reminds people how important it is to maintain working smoke detectors. Each fall when you change your clocks back to Standard Time, remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Fire Safety Checklis
- Install a smoke alarm on each level of your home, including the basement. Consult your fire department for proper installation locations.
- Test and vacuum your smoke alarms once a month dust and cobwebs can impair sensitivity.
- Change the batteries in your smoke alarms once a year.
- Install CO (carbon monoxide) detectors in the sleeping area.
- Check flashlight batteries. Always keep a working flashlight near your bed, in the kitchen, basement, and family room in the event of a fire, use a flashlight to signal for help.
- Install fire extinguishers. Be sure to install a fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen and know how to use it.
- Make sure your children know and understand fire safety. Children are at double the risk of dying in a home fire, because they often become scared and confused during fires. Show your children where smoke alarms are located. Make sure they recognize the smoke alarm’s sound and understand that a sounding smoke alarm signals a home fire
- Plan and practice your escape routes. Identify at least two different escape routes and practice them with the entire family.
Chief of Department
Franklin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department