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By Martine Wolfe-Miller, Communications Officer
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (March 4, 2016) – Mount Pleasant Fire Chief Herb Williams is reminding residents to “spring forward” on Sunday, March 13, by setting your clock ahead one hour and by checking your smoke alarm system.
“Change Your Clock and Check Your Smoke Alarm is a simple program designed to save lives by encouraging people to check their smoke alarm battery when they move their clocks backwards,” said Chief Williams. “This simple habit can save lives. The fire death rate in homes with working smoke alarms is 51% less than the rate for homes without this protection. Most smoke alarms fail because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries. Working smoke alarms provide an early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape.”
“You should first test your smoke alarm battery before automatically replacing it,” added Dale Johnston, Fire & Life Safety Division Chief. “Long-life lithium batteries have a life span of up to 10 years and if your alarm has one of these batteries, you may not need to replace it every time you change your clock. However, you should always test and vacuum your smoke alarm monthly.”Johnston offered additional safety tips:
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside each sleeping area
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years
- Hard-wired alarms with battery back-ups will increase your safety
- Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses
- Make a home escape plan and practice it with the entire family
Please contact (843) 884-0623 for more information or visit the fire department web site at www.tompsc.com> Fire Department.