Change Clocks, Smoke Alarms and Emergency Supply Kits
As we move our clocks ahead to Daylight Savings Time this weekend, you also should test your home smoke alarms and refill or create an emergency supply kit.
In 2011, the Fire and Rescue Department recorded no fire fatalities in Fairfax County — a first in our history. Working smoke alarms make a huge difference as they can significantly increase your chance of surviving a deadly home fire. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In addition to changing your smoke alarm batteries this weekend, the United States Fire Administration recommends following these simple steps to protect your life, your loved ones, and your home:
- Dust or vacuum smoke alarms when you change the batteries.
- Test alarms once a month using the test button.
- Replace the entire alarm if it’s more than 10 years old or doesn’t work properly when tested.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
- For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor alarms.
Finally, prepare and practice an escape plan so that you and your loved ones can get out of your home safely should there be a fire. Plan to meet in a place a safe distance from the fire and where first responders can easily see you.
Emergency Supply Kits
With tornado, hurricane and flood seasons approaching, it’s important to have a well-stocked supply kit at home, in your car and at work, if possible. Roads may become impassable and if you’re unable to get where you need to be before the weather gets bad, then you will need supplies such as food, and water. Check out six different kits you should consider refilling or creating: