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It's nearly time to change clocks, batteries in smoke and CO detectors

11 March 2017

Working smoke alarms are required by law on every storey of homes, and outside all sleeping areas, the service said.

"Saving your life can be as simple as changing your smoke alarm batteries once a year and replacing smoke alarms every seven to 10 years", says Pete Johnson, president of Local 101. Installing a smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm that works 24 hours will greatly increase you chances of survival. The program is aimed at reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by as much as 25 percent over five years.

Also, it's a good time to check the batteries in your home's smoke detectors.

OR law requires ionization-only smoke alarms that are exclusively battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery.

Use the smoke alarm's hush feature to silence nuisance alarms. He added, "Take a few minutes to protect those you love by changing the batteries in your smoke alarms this weekend".

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Essentially, there are three different types of smoke alarms: ionization, photoelectric, and dual sensor. Because of this technology, the national slogan "Change your clock, Change your battery" may not apply to OR residents who have these ionization-only smoke alarms.

- Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn't respond properly when tested.

Home owners are legally required to have smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside of all sleeping areas.

"We wanted to get people informed to check smoke alarms in their houses". Additionally, develop an escape plan with your family or housemates with two ways out of each room. A licensed electrician can install hard-wired multiple-station alarms, or homeowners can install wireless alarms, which manufacturers have more recently begun producing.

It's nearly time to change clocks, batteries in smoke and CO detectors