"Change Your Clock - Change Your Battery" Sunday November 1st 2020
 
By Fire Chief Frank Dowlin
November 1, 2020
 

Clocks change Sunday November 1, 2020 at 0200 Hrs they fall back 1 hour

What does this mean and what does it have to do with fire safety?

The Modena Fire Company wants everyone to know that Smoke Alarms (Detectors) can save lives when operating properly. There are many types, however most smoke alarms are battery operated or have battery backup features. It is important to test your alarms each month to assure that they are in working order. We also need to be sure the battery has adequate power to operate the alarm. Smoke alarms have a monitoring system for the battery and start chirping when the battery is low. All of this sounds great and fool proof; however several lives were lost due to non-working smoke alarms. Many were found without batteries in them. The Reason? Maybe someone took the battery for a game or radio, or removed the battery to stop the chirping or maybe they were going to replace it and forgot. Because of these findings the program "Change Your Clock - Change Your Battery" was developed. IF everyone follows this program they should never be subject to a non-working smoke detector due to a missing or weak battery. The Action is simple and we are reminded each year at Daylight savings time. Each year we change our clocks. In the spring (March) we move them ahead one hour and in fall (November) we move them back one hour.

Each time we do this we need to change the battery in all the smoke alarms. If a specific battery type is recommended then that's the one to use. Whether one is recommended or not, always be sure you are purchasing a fresh battery. Always check the dates on the battery.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
The life of a smoke detector is 10 years.
If your detector is 10 years old or older, it should be replaced.

If you are in need of a smoke detector or unsure about how many you should have or need please contact Chief Dowlin at chief37fd@aol.com type need smoke detectors in the subject line, and the Modena Fire Company will provide you with the smoke detectors and install it to ensure you and your family remain safe.

Remember, properly working smoke alarms can save lives!