LANSING — The Bureau of Fire Services (BFS) in the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth urges consumers to make sure they changed batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when they changed their clocks to Daylight Saving Time (setting clocks ahead one hour) on Sunday, March 13. Having working smoke detectors with fresh batteries can provide a family with crucial extra seconds to escape a burning home.
“Communities nationwide witness tragic home fire deaths each year. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms,” said State Fire Marshal Ronald R. Farr. “It’s critical to test your smoke alarm monthly, change the battery once a year, and replace the smoke alarm with a new one every 10 years. Now is the best time to purchase newer models with lithium batteries that will last the life of the unit. Having working smoke alarms is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths.”