TOPEKA (WIBW) -- This Sunday November 3rd, it will be time to “fall back” marking the end of 2013 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 safety tips from your Topeka Fire Department Prevention Division will help to insure the safety of your home or apartment.
The Topeka Fire Department recommends testing all smoke alarms once a month to ensure they are operating correctly. You can accomplish this by pressing 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 each year. Long life lithium ion batteries have a seven to ten year life span depending on the type of alarm (See Manufacturer's recommendations).
Households with smoke alarms powered with lithium ion batteries should replace the entire alarm at the end of the battery life span.
Household dust and cob webs can interfere with smoke alarm detection and 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 Topeka Fire Department recommends replacing all smoke alarms that are eight to ten 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 or 2013, IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO REPLACE THE BATTERY AT THIS TIME.)
The Topeka Fire Department has been installing free residential smoke alarms, funded by the award of a federal grant, for the past two years. These alarms were installed with long life lithium batteries capable of lasting seven 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 to insure it is functioning properly.
If you have questions about smoke alarm safety, cleaning, battery replacement, smoke alarm replacement, or any fire safety concern feel free to contact the Topeka Fire Department Prevention Division 785-368-4000.