Loganville Fire Department is reminding residents to remember to change batteries in smoke detectors when turning clocks back this weekend, just to be on the safe side. In a press release, LFD suggests that when residents buy candy for Halloween, it might be a good idea to go ahead and get batteries for smoke alarm and CO2 detectors. Sunday marks the end of daylight saving time and a return to standard time – and LF said it is always a good time to check on the potentially life-saving devices inside your home.
“A working smoke alarm is your first line of defense in the case of a fire,” Kent Durden, fire marshal for the City of Loganville said in a press release. “If you have a smoke detector and/or a carbon monoxide alarm, make sure it is in working order. Changing the battery each time you change your clock, and cleaning dust from the device, is an easy way to ensure you and your family are protected.”
Daylight saving time officially ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 and the timing offers a great opportunity to get your home ready for winter by making sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms have fresh batteries and checking to ensure that devices are in a good working order. Having a smoke detector in your home reduces the chance of a person dying in a fire by nearly half.
“Smoke alarms last about 10 years and older carbon monoxide alarms last five to seven years,” Durden said.
To underline the importance of having them, LFD offers free smoke detectors to residents inside city limits who are unable to afford them. The department also offers to install them for residents who need assistance and to help homeowners find the proper location for installation in their homes. For more information on this contact the Loganville Fire Department at 770-554-9693.