The Cottleville Fire Protection District would like to remind everyone to change their smoke detector batteries when they change their clocks on Saturday evening before you go to bed on March 10, 2018. In addition, we would like to provide a few maintenance and safety tips regarding smoke detectors.
Furthermore, smoke detectors that are ten or more years old should be replaced. Studies show that they are, on average, only 70% effective after 10 years. In addition, many older smoke detectors do not have backup batteries. If your smoke detectors do not have a battery backup power supply, then they will not work when your electricity goes off. Residences often times lose power during thunderstorms, which is also the time when you are at great risk of a sustaining a lightning strike, which can result in a home fire.
Now would also be a good time to review your emergency escape plan and/or if you do not have one a good time to make one. Remember to sleep with your door shut as this simple step can give you an extra 15 to 25 minutes to escape a fire safely.
In addition to smoke detectors, CO alarms should be checked. A CO alarm (7) years old or older should be replaced. When installing a CO alarm, ensure that it is away from vents, in an area where you will hear it when you are sleeping, and not installed near gas-fired appliances.