NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION
NFPA encourages testing smoke alarms as Daylight Saving Time begins
March 6, 2014 – Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 9 at 2 a.m., when we spring forward one hour for the purpose of making better use of daylight. As we set our clocks ahead, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends testing your smoke alarms.
Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms. When smoke alarms should have worked but failed to operate, it is usually because batteries were missing, disconnected, or dead. NFPA provides the following guidelines around smoke alarms:
For more on smoke alarm safety, check out NFPA’s smoke alarm safety tip sheet, and new 9-volt battery tip sheet which explains the importance of storing and disposing of batteries with care to avoid a fire hazard.
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