Fall back: And check your smoke alarms

albemarleAlbemarle County Fire Rescue is encouraging all residents to replace their smoke alarm batteries and check their alarms on Sunday, November 2nd, when clocks are turned back to end Daylight Savings Time. Taking part of the “extra hour” to check smoke alarms can have lifesaving consequences. United States Fire Administration (USFA) data indicates that an operating smoke alarm could reduce the risk of dying in a house fire by 50 percent.

USFA statistics show that three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.

The Department of Fire Rescue offers these additional fire safety tips:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, especially near bedrooms;
  • Test all smoke alarms monthly;
  • Keep smoke alarms clean by vacuuming over and around them regularly;
  • As with any appliance, smoke alarms wear out. Replace the entire unit after 10 years or as recommended by the manufacturer;
  • Make sure you know the location of your local fire station, rescue squad, police station, and hospital;
  • Post a list of emergency numbers near all telephones;
  • Organize and practice a family fire drill.

If you cannot afford a smoke alarm, or need assistance with installing one, please call Albemarle County Department of Fire Rescue at 434-296-5833.

More information can be found at www.ACFireRescue.org and at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/smoke_alarms.html.

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.
augusta free press

Related Content

Shop Google


%d bloggers like this: