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North Haven Fire Department Reminds Residents and Business Owners to Test Smoke Detectors During Daylight Saving Time

North Haven Fire Department
Paul Januszewski, Fire Chief
11 Broadway
North Haven, CT 06473

For Immediate Release

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

North Haven Fire Department Reminds Residents and Business Owners to Test Smoke Detectors During Daylight Saving Time

NORTH HAVEN – Chief Paul Januszewski and the North Haven Police Department would like to remind residents and businesses that as daylight saving time approaches, to change the batteries on their clocks as well as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 13.

“While we’re moving our clocks ahead an hour next month, this is a great time to test and change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they’re working properly,” said Chief Januszewski. “These are simple procedures that will ensure you and your family are protected, so we asks that residents be proactive this season.”

The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. The North Haven Fire Department asks that all business owners not only change the batteries in their clocks, smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, but also replace the batteries on wall mounted emergency lights and exit signs. All businesses have emergency backup lighting systems as a safety feature to provide temporary lighting in case of power failure.

In order to keep your home safe and prevent fires, Chief Januszewski recommends that residents follow safety tips outlined by NFPA:

  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn’t respond properly when tested.
  • Replace batteries when you change your clocks.
  • Make sure that everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they reach 10 years old.
  • Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.

The replacement process is fairly simple and batteries can be purchased for most units at the local hardware store. Many fire protection companies can also provide this service.

The North Haven Fire Department strives to enhance and educate its residents of the town of North Haven to bring awareness of fire and life safety.