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Spring Forward With Safety In Mind

Time change is good time to prepare for emergencies

Post Date:03/09/2019 9:10 AM

Spring Forward With Safety In MindFranklin, TN – With the potential for severe weather in the forecast and the time change this weekend, the Franklin Fire Department encourages you to take a few moments to prepare for emergencies.  Assemble an emergency power kit and make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms work:

Emergency power kit:  Have a portable cell phone charger and a working flashlight for each family member with extra batteries.  Candles pose a particularly dangerous risk of fires in stormy conditions, especially when there’s a potential for a gas leak.  A battery-powered or hand crank radio is also advised.

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms:  Replace batteries once per year or when the alarm “chirps” with a low battery warning.  The backup battery in hardwired alarms needs to be replaced once per year as well.  (Exception – in alarms that have 10-year lithium, or “long life” batteries, you cannot and should not replace the lithium batteries.)  Replace your entire alarm according to the manufacturer’s instructions – generally every 10 years for smoke alarms, and every 5–7 years for CO alarms.

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