GALLIPOLIS — With the onset of spring-like weather and Daylight Savings Time, Gallipolis Fire Chief Keith Elliott is reminding everyone to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
“After what seems to have been a long and cold winter, thankfully spring is just around the corner and Daylight Savings Time is finally here, which also means that it’s time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors,” he said.
Smoke detector batteries should be changed twice a year, and the perfect time is when residents change their clocks, Elliott said.
“Having working smoke detectors simply save lives and gives you the earliest possible warning of a fire,” he said. “Working smoke detectors stand guard while you sleep, waiting to alert you of an impending threat of fire. But for those detectors to work, you must change their batteries. Older smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years.”
In addition to working smoke detectors, the fire department also recommends that every home and business have an escape plan with at least two ways out. Escape plans should be practiced by all of the occupants and a common outdoor meeting place should be pre-determined.
Residents with natural gas, propane, wood, kerosene or fuel oil furnaces or appliances should also have at least one working carbon monoxide detector in their home. These detectors should also have their batteries replaced twice a year.