Colerain Fire and EMS remind people to check their smoke alarms

Updated: Mar. 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - As we turn our clocks forward one hour, Colerain Fire and EMS say it is a good time to check your smoke alarms.

Fire officials say you should press the “test” button to see if your smoke alarm is working.

If it is more than ten years old, fire officials say you should consider replacing the detector because the sensor in the alarm becomes less sensitive over time. They recommended buying a smoke alarm with a 10-year lithium battery to avoid an annual battery replacement.

People who do not remember when they changed their batteries last should change them now, fire officials say.

Colerain Fire Department officials say you are three times more likely to survive a house fire if there is a working smoke detector inside the home.

The Red Cross adds that you should install smoke detectors on every house level, including inside and outside the bedrooms or other sleeping areas.

Fire officials say that you should practice a two-minute escape plan to ensure that everyone can get out in less than two minutes. The plan should include at least two ways to get out of every room and select a meeting spot at a safe distance away from the house.

You can get a free smoke detector from your local fire department or call the Red Cross Smoke Detector hotline at 844-207-4509.

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