City of Elmhurst Fire Department issued the following announcement on Oct. 19.
The Elmhurst Fire Department reminds residents to change your clocks for the end of daylight savings time on Sunday, November 4 and take the time to change the batteries in your home smoke detectors and to consider if it is time to recycle and replace old smoke detectors.
The Change Your Clocks/Change Your Batteries campaign promotes changing all household smoke detector batteries twice a year in order to raise awareness of the importance of properly working detectors. It is well-documented that working smoke detectors save lives.
The Elmhurst Fire Department offers the following tips to ensure that the smoke alarms in your home are maintained and working properly.
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on each level of your home.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and make sure everyone in your home knows their sound.
- If an alarm “chirps,” to alert you of a low battery level, replace it immediately.
- Reminder: Electric wired smoke detectors have battery back-ups.
- Compressed air can be used to blow out detectors and reduce the chance of false alarms.
- Smoke detectors have a life span of 10 years and should be replaced after that period.
Residents with questions and/or concerns about updated smoke alarm requirements should contact the Elmhurst Fire Department at (630) 530-3090, or visit www.elmhurst.org/fire.
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Source: City of Elmhurst Fire Department