Thursday, August 21, 2014

Daylight saving switch this weekend

By The Herald Staff | 3/5/2014

Fire officials want residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors this weekend when they move their clocks forward for daylight-saving time.

“As we all spring forward, the Ottawa Fire Department is encouraging residents to test their smoke detectors and change their batteries,” Capt. Dennis Nowatzke, with the Ottawa Fire Department, said. “This one simple step can help save their lives and the lives of those around them.”

Daylight-saving time begins early Sunday morning, so many residents will be moving clocks forward an hour Saturday night, fire officials said.

Performing smoke-detector maintenance at the same time also provides a good opportunity for families to conduct home fire drills to ensure everyone knows two ways out of every room and also knows where their home’s designated safe meeting place is outside, according to an Ottawa Fire Department news release. Having a designated meeting place enables families and first-responders a way to account for everyone in the household if an emergency arises, the release said.

Smoke detectors also need some maintenance in addition to changing the batteries, including removing dust and cobwebs that could impede the detector from functioning properly, the release said.

A working smoke detector doubles a person’s chance of surviving a home fire, the release said.

The Ottawa Fire Department has free smoke detectors available to all Franklin County residents, and the fire department will install smoke detectors for Ottawa residents by request, the release said.

For more information about fire safety, call the fire department at (785) 229-3700.

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