Fire officials: Change alarm batteries

Mar. 06, 2014 @ 05:14 PM

Durham firefighters remind residents to change their smoke alarms batteries Sunday when they set their clocks forward for the start of daylight-saving time.
“We’re always stressing the importance of a working smoke alarm,” Fire Marshal Edward Reid of the Durham Fire Department said. “Smoke alarms with old batteries aren’t reliable and may not function well or soon enough to alert you that smoke or fire is near.”
“In the event of a fire, every second is precious and needed, so the sooner you know of an emergency, the sooner you and your family can escape,” he said. “Only properly working smoke alarms can offer this early warning.”
Fire officials offer these tips:
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including sleeping areas.
- Test smoke alarms monthly.
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
- Change the batteries every six months.
- Vacuum or dust smoke alarms to keep them working properly.
Residents who can’t provide or install smoke alarms for themselves or who can’t change batteries qualify for the department’s Alarm for Life program. To learn more about smoke alarm maintenance and the program, contact Sierra Mckoy, public information officer for the Durham Fire Department, at 919-560-4233, ext. 19242 or by email at