Change Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Batteries This Weekend
Franklin, TN –The Franklin Fire Department is reminding everyone to change their smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries when they change their clocks for daylight saving time this Sunday, November 6.
“The extra hour we gain when our clocks fall back is a great time to change batteries in our smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” said Franklin Fire and Life Safety Educator Jamie Melton. “Working smoke alarms reduce your risk of dying in a fire by half. That’s why it's so important to maintain them properly.”
She said that smoke alarms with non-replaceable lithium batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away. For smoke alarms that don’t have non-replaceable lithium batteries, replace the batteries once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.
Melton said you should replace smoke alarms altogether if they are more than 10 years old. She said carbon monoxide alarms may need to be replaced as early as every five to seven years, per manufacturer recommendations.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1.3 million fires in 2015. These fires resulted in 3,280 civilian fire fatalities, 15,700 civilian fire injuries and an estimated $14.3 billion in direct property loss. Roughly three out of five fire deaths happened in homes with missing smoke alarms, or smoke alarms that were not working.
If you need a smoke alarm and cannot afford one, or if you have smoke or carbon monoxide alarm questions, contact the Franklin Fire Department at (615) 791-3270, or visit our website at www.franklintn.gov/fire.