Fire officials urge residents to update smoke alarms
Change your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke alarms. Bossier City Fire Chief Sammy Halphen is advising residents to change the batteries in their home smoke alarms when setting their clocks back one hour when daylight saving time ends this weekend at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 7. “Replacing the batteries when we reset our clocks every spring and fall is an excellent way to help make sure that smoke alarms will be working properly in the event of a fire,” said Chief Halphen.
According to the National Fire Protection Association:
• A 2008 survey found that 96% of U.S. households had at least one smoke alarm, yet in 2003-2006, no smoke alarms were present or none operated in two out of the five (41%) of the reported home fires.
• Almost two-thirds of reported home fire deaths in 2003-2006 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
• When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead.
Residents are also urged to develop and practice a fire escape plan so that everyone in the home knows what to do when a smoke alarm sounds.
Persons living within the city limits of Bossier City in need of smoke alarms may obtain them free of charge from the Bossier City Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau by calling 741- 8704. This office can also provide information on fire escape plans and other fire safety issues.
From Bossier City Fire Department