March 7, 2019 - 2:36 pm
The Las Vegas Fire Department reminds residents to check smoke alarms along with adjusting their clocks as daylight saving time begins this weekend.
Daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. Sunday, when clocks should be advanced by one hour, and ends Nov. 3.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in dwellings without smoke alarms or with nonworking ones. Alarms typically fail because of missing batteries, the Fire Department said in a release.
The association provided the following guidelines:
— Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
— Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
— Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
— Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn’t respond properly when tested.
— Smoke alarms with nonreplaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps (a warning that the battery is low), replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
— For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.
— All Las Vegas residents who live in homes not equipped with smoke alarms can contact the city’s Fire Prevention Division at 702-229-0366 to see if they qualify for the Alarming Vegas program. While supplies last, the Fire Department will install 10-year smoke alarms and provide a home-safety check at no charge.