This weekend we convert from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time. This is an excellent time to also make sure that your smoke alarm is working and change the batteries.
In a fire situation, early warning is critical to survival. The types of materials that are burning in today’s home fire are far more deadlier then material found in our parents and grandparents home. The prevalent use of synthetics (plastics and other composites) make for a “witches brew” of toxic smoke. The time for you to safely escape is on average less than 3-minutes so time is of the essence.
Last week the region experienced a tragedy where an infant lost his life in a house fire in a neighboring county. Local media is reporting that there was a least one non-functioning smoke alarm in the area of the fire’s origin. In the United States more than 23 million homes are at risk with non-working smoke alarms. In fact 2/3rds of all fatal fires occur in homes with either no smoke alarms or inoperable smoke alarms. One startling statistic is that the number of homes with an inoperable alarm outnumber those with no smoke alarm.
Goochland County Fire-Rescue wants you and your family to have the best chance of surviving a fire in your home. This weekend as you change your clock, inspect and maintain your smoke alarm and change the batteries.