CHANGE YOUR CLOCK MARCH 9, 2014--CHANGE YOUR SMOKE DETECTOR BATTERIES AND UPDATE YOUR DISASTER SUPPLIES!
The Pasadena Fire Department reminds you to change all of your Smoke Alarm batteries this weekend when you spring ahead and move your clocks forward one hour this Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries! Replace old batteries with fresh, high quality batteries to keep your Smoke Alarms ready to protect you all year-long. Make sure your emergency flashlights work when you need them by using fresh high-quality batteries.
Check Your Smoke Alarms! After inserting fresh batteries in your Smoke Alarm, make sure the Alarm is working by activating the safety test button. The Fire Department recommends that you test all of your Smoke Alarms at least once each month. If you have any doubt regarding the working condition of a Smoke Alarm, replace it. Replace your Smoke Alarms with new devices every 10 years.
Count Your Smoke Alarms! A properly functioning Smoke Alarm should be placed in every sleeping room -and- in the hallway directly adjacent to those rooms. If sleeping rooms are on an upper level, a Smoke Alarm should be installed in the center of the ceiling directly above the interior stairway.
Clean Your Smoke Alarms! Gently use a vacuum cleaner once a month to remove dust and cobwebs. If your Smoke Alarms have been accidentally painted or contaminated, replacement may be necessary.
The Fire Department encourages you to practice your escape plans with your children because they are at increased risk of dying in a home fire since they often become scared and confused when a fire erupts. Make sure your children recognize the sound of your home's Smoke Alarm and teach them to respond instinctively to its signal. Create at least two different escape routes from every room and practice them with the entire family.
Need more disaster and emergency preparedness tips? Still need to sign up for the citywide Pasadena Local Emergency Alert System telephone notification service? Go now to:
www.cityofpasadena.net/Fire/PLEAS or www.cityofpasadena.net/disaster