Fire officials: Change smoke detector batteries

Oct. 30, 2013 @ 04:50 PM

It’s that time.
As Eastern Standard Time begins Sunday, Durham fire officials say it’s a perfect opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
“By changing the battery, we ensure it is working when we need it,” Edward Reid, assistant chief and fire marshal for the Durham Fire Department, said. “In the event of a fire, a smoke detector can save your life and those of your loved ones.”
Reid said all homes should have a working detector.
“Rental properties are required to have working smoke detectors provided by the owners, but if anyone needs a smoke detector, please stop by your closest fire station to obtain one,” Reid said. There is no charge.
Smoke detectors with a 10-year lithium battery are available on the market, and Reid said that would be a good choice for most people.
Reid also offered these suggestions:
- Install carbon monoxide detectors.
- Plan and practice escape plans several times a year.
- Be sure your family knows when and how to call emergency telephone numbers.
- Buy and learn how to use a fire extinguisher.
- Consider installing fire sprinklers in your home.