Capital City Fire and Rescue is urging Juneauites to replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on Sunday, the beginning of Daylight Savings Time.
“Fresh batteries allow smoke and CO alarms to do their jobs saving lives by alerting families of a fire or a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide in their homes,” CCFR Deputy Fire Marshal Sven Pearson stated in a press release.
Statistics show in all reported structure fires in 2010, 21 percent had no smoke alarm or the smoke alarm failed to work, Pearson said. The majority of fire deaths in Alaska occurred in dwellings where smoke alarms failed to operate or were not installed, and two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes where there are no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms, he said.
“That is why it is important to replace batteries at least once every year and to test your alarms every month to make sure they work,” Pearson said. “We recommend to install smoke alarms on every level of a home, outside bedrooms and inside each bedroom.”