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Individuals should change their fire alarm batteries annually.
Forgetting to change fire alarm batteries could have fatal consequences.
“You can confirm that your smoke alarm is going to work in the event of a fire,” said Insp. Rod Klippenstein with the Moose Jaw Fire Department. “Most of the older types (of batteries) (should be changed) every year. There are some new ones that contain batteries that can last up to 10 years.”
He added changing the batteries annually is the best way to make sure the alarm still works.
“All the new houses have a hardwired ones with battery backup,” said Klippenstein. “So they still require annual battery changes in case the power goes out.”
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 28 million homes are at risk because the homes don’t have a fire alarm or the alarm doesn’t work. The majority of the reasons for the alarms not working are because of dead or missing batteries
Also, 38 per cent of fatal fire injuries take place in homes without working smoke alarms. An additional 24 per cent take place in homes where at least one smoke alarm doesn’t operate because of dead or missing batteries.
The Fire Prevention Canada website said after being away from home for a few days, individuals should check the alarm on return to make sure it’s still working. It said battery-operated smoke alarms will have a warning when the batteries need to be replaced, but to be sure individuals should get into a habit of changing the batteries every year.
Many people in different provinces will reset their clocks for the end of Daylight Savings Time (DST) or this year, which is on Sunday. Most provinces use the DST as a reminder to change the batteries in the fire alarm.
However, because Saskatchewan doesn’t have DST, it can be easy for people to forget the time change has arrived and change batteries.
“The best thing would be to write it out on a calendar (as a reminder),” said Klippenstein.
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