Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

By: By Suzie Gilbert, City of Topeka
By: By Suzie Gilbert, City of Topeka


TOPEKA -- Sunday November 4th, it will be time to “fall back” marking the end of 2012 daylight saving time. The Topeka Fire Department would like to remind everyone it’s a good time to examine their smoke alarms. A regular inspection of this life saving device can be done in just a few short minutes.

The following tips from your Topeka Fire Department Prevention Division will help to insure the safety of your home or apartment.

• Test all smoke alarms once a month to ensure they are operating correctly. Just press the test button and listening for the alarm.
• Change your clock, change your battery. Check the battery in your smoke alarm. Standard batteries should be replaced twice a year. Long life lithium ion batteries have a 7 to 10 year life span depending on the type of alarm (See Manufacture recommendations). Households with smoke alarms powered with lithium ion batteries should replace the entire alarm at the end of the battery life span.
• Dust and cob webs can interfere with smoke alarm operation. Smoke alarms should be cleaned regularly (follow manufacturers instructions). In most cases, a standard vacuum with a hose attachment will work well; never remove the cover when cleaning.
• The TFD recommends replacing all smoke alarms that are 8 to 10 years old. Inspect the smoke alarm manufacture date on the product information label, located on the back of the device.

IF YOU HAVE A SMOKE ALARM INSTALLED BY THE TOPEKA FIRE DEPARTMENT IN 2012, IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO REPLACE THE BATTERY AT THIS TIME.

The TFD began installing free residential smoke alarms, funded by the award of a federal grant, in May 2012. These alarms were installed with long life lithium batteries capable of lasting 7 years or more. These newly installed batteries were dated at the time of installation and do not need to be replaced at this time. Please test the device monthly.

If you have questions about smoke alarm safety, cleaning, battery replacement, smoke alarm replacement, or any fire safety concern, contact the Topeka Fire Department Prevention Division at 368-4000.


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