Thomasville Fire Rescue offers free smoke detectors

Randy Kelley
March 10, 2018

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is urging everyone to change the batteries in their smoke alarms at the same time they change their clocks to daylight saving time on this weekend.

Residents are reminded to move clocks forward one hour before going to bed Saturday night.

Thomasville Fire Rescue said this weekend is the ideal time to change batteries and test your smoke detectors.

Fire Prevention Officer Mike Otis also recommends checking the expiry on the alarms.

Test smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button. "Any smoke alarm 10 years old or older should be replaced entirely as it may not function properly in the event of an emergency".

Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement. They can also help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. "Alarms equipped with sealed-in batteries should be tested to ensure they are in proper working condition".

Smoke detectors are getting "more efficient" as well, says Yancey. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes. Replace the batteries every year. If the alarm chirps on these units, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.

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