Why You Should Check Smoke Alarms When Changing ClocksPosted: Updated:
For years, Watertown City Fire Chief Dale Herman has been telling people as they reset their clocks to make sure their smoke alarms are working.
"They never sleep they are always functioning," Herman said.
Unfortunately this year, he has an example he wish he never had. A father and four of his daughters died in February after a fire started during the middle of the night in their Myrtle Avenue home.
Officials said the smoke detectors that were in the rental home had no batteries.
"Most likely Had they had a working smoke detector in there, the detector would have been beeping, Alerting occupants," Herman said.
Chief Herman said having a working alarm can mean the difference between a small fire and a catastrophe. He said if you have an older smoke detector you should change the batteries and if you have a new one with a ten year battery test to make sure it's working.
To make sure your smoke detector is working properly, all you have to do is press a button.
Chief Herman said there should be a smoke detector on each floor of a home, in every bed room, and outside the bedroom area.
"Having a smoke detector only enhances you and your families ability to survive a fire in your home," Herman said.
If you need a new smoke detector the American Red Cross installs them for free.
The Fire Fighters Benevolent Association will also be giving away free detectors, Mar. 16 after the fire department's hockey game at the Watertown Municipal arena.