Cheyenne Fire Rescue encourages testing of smoke alarms as Daylight Saving Time starts

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (RELEASE) - Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m., when we spring forward one hour and move our clocks ahead, Cheyenne Fire Rescue recommends testing your smoke alarms.

Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries were missing, disconnected, or dead, said Greg Hoggatt, Chief for Cheyenne Fire Rescue.

Cheyenne Fire Rescue provides the following guidelines for smoke alarms:
• Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or older
• Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button
• Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn’t respond properly when tested
• Make sure everyone in the residence knows and reacts to the sound of the smoke alarm
• Having a meeting place and a plan once the alarm sounds is important
• Smoke alarms with nonreplaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, a warning the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm immediately
• For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least twice a year. A chirping alarm needs to be tested and checked, it could simply indicate a failing battery

For more information, call Cheyenne Fire Rescue at 307-637-6311.