St. Cloud fire marshal reminds residents to change smoke alarm batteries this weekend

 The Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program advises everyone to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when daylight saving time begins and ends.

 This practice helps to ensure that residents always have a working smoke alarm in their home. Most new homes have smoke alarms that are hard-wired to each other and the home’s electrical system, but have a battery backup in case the power is lost. Residents should also replace their smoke alarm every 10 years as the unit’s components can begin to break down over time.

“This habit can be lifesaving,” said St. Cloud Fire Marshal Richard Tonks. “Early detection is the key to surviving a fire in the home. An average of 3,500 people are killed in fires in their own homes each year, in the U.S.”

Tonks reminds residents to:

•Change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year.

•Test the alarms monthly.

•Remind friends, family and neighbors to do the same.

 For more information, visit the St. Cloud Fire Rescue Department web page at www.stcloud.org or call 407-957-8484.