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REMINDER: “Spring Forward” and Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries This Sunday

( With spring showers, blooming flowers and longer days also comes Daylight Savings Time. On Sunday, March 13th it is time to “Spring Forward” by setting your clock an hour forward at 2:00 a.m.

Along with changing your clocks, the fire department would like to remind everyone to also change smoke alarm batteries. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms can make the difference between life and death in the event of a fire.

San Bernardino County Fire officials said, three out of five home deaths resulted from fires with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. This is especially important if someone in your home smokes. Fires caused by smoking materials like cigarettes are the leading cause of fire-related deaths.

Every floor, bedroom and outside of every sleeping area in the home should have a smoke detector installed. There is no such thing as too many fire alarms, the more you have in your home, the better your chances of survival are. Installing is important, but testing monthly and replacing the battery yearly is equally as important.

Here are some tips to installing smoke alarms:

  • Best place to mount your smoke alarm is on the ceiling
  • Keep smoke alarms at least 4-6 inches away from the nearest wall
  • Always test your newly installed smoke alarm

If you cannot mount the alarm on the ceiling, install it high on the wall 4-12 inches from the ceiling

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