Time change? Battery change
When it’s time to turn back the clocks or turn the clocks fast by one hour, SSQ suggests that you check your smoke detector at the same time and change the battery if you need to. It only takes a few minutes and it could save your life, as well as the lives of your loved ones.
A smoke detector (equipped with a good battery) is the best way to save lives. In fact, smoke detectors reduce fire-related fatalities by half.
Of all building fires recorded in Quebec each year, 80% are house fires and they result in 60 deaths on average. In almost all cases of fatal fires, there was either no smoke detector on the premises, or it wasn’t working.
Here are a few tips to help you maintain your smoke detector in good working order:
- Replace the batteries when you change the time (spring and fall) or, if possible, use a long life lithium battery.
- Replace the battery as soon as the detector begins to beep intermittently as well as when you move.
- Never use rechargeable batteries unless the manufacturer recommends that you do.
- Regularly check to see if your battery-operated or electric detectors are working properly by pressing on the test button.
- Each year test your smoke detector by putting out a candle nearby or holding incense up to it.
- Lightly vacuum the inside and outside of the smoke detector at least once a year; except for electric detectors, which must never be opened. Clean the outside part only.
- Never paint a smoke detector.
- Remember that a smoke detector has a maximum life expectancy of 10 years. Replace them as recommended by the manufacturer.
This list of simple and easy tips could very well save you considerable material loss and, even more importantly, save a life!
*Source: Simon Bussière Chef de division – Développement et planification stratégique Service de sécurité incendie de Beloeil Member of the Association des techniciens en prévention incendie du Québec (ATPIQ)