Volunteers help check smoke detectors in homes

Red Cross urges residents to test smoke alarms

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The program urges all Americans to adopt a simple, lifesaving habit: changing smoke detector and carbon monoxide batteries when changing clocks back to standard time each fall.

"If you have a traditional nine-volt battery, we recommend that you change the battery twice a year", said Bath Township Fire Chief Joe Kitchen.

The City of Batavia Fire Department would like to see every home in our community equipped with a working smoke detector.

"The skills and experience gained as a volunteer firefighter are invaluable and have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of others", says Chief Dudek.

Winter is one of the most common times of the year for house fires.

Crisp County Fire Rescue still has some free smoke alarms available for Crisp County residents.

Replace smoke alarms after 10 years from the manufacturer's date.

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Both smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors should be placed on every level of the home as well as inside every bedroom.

While many will rejoice at the prospect of a little extra shuteye, local fire officials want to make sure you take this opportunity to do a few safety checks around your home.

Never paint a smoke or CO alarm. "We've lived here three years and we still haven't gotten a new one".

Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear the alarm sound.

This is also a good time of the year to also think about furnace/heater safety.

All too often, a battery is removed and not replaced, putting a home's occupants at risk. "We all forget to replace our batteries or get new detectors and it's important".

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