Weston fire department urges people to check smoke alarms

It’s time to turn the clocks back and gain an hour of sleep on Sunday, Nov. 6, when daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m.

The Weston Volunteer Fire Department would like to remind everyone to test the batteries in their smoke alarms as they turn their clocks back an hour.

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have an expiration date, which is usually on the back of the detector.

WVFD urges people to make sure to check the expiration date on their detectors and replace them if older than the expiration date.

The department recommends that everyone to take the following steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies:

  • If a homeowner doesn’t have smoke alarms, it is recommended they be installed. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Practice an escape plan. Make sure everyone in the household knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
  • Get a kit. Keep disaster supplies in an easy-to-carry bag to use at home or carry in case ordered to evacuate.
  • Make a plan. Have all household members plan what steps they should take if an emergency occurs.
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