NORFOLK, NE — You’ll get an extra hour of sleep this weekend, so state fire officials hope you’ll take at least a few extra minutes to check your smoke alarms.
“Change your batteries when you change your clocks, which will happen this Sunday, November 5.”
Norfolk Fire Marshal Terry Zwiebel says that with the time change back to Standard Time overnight Saturday night into Sunday, you need to check and replace smoke detector batteries.
Three in five home fire deaths are related to non-functioning smoke alarms… and in one-fourth of those cases, dead batteries were the culprit.
Zwiebel says working detectors are the first line of defense along with a home escape plan.
In order for a home escape plan to be successful Zwiebel says it must be put together and practice by the entire family.
“Mom and dads need to practice it as well, because if mom and dad don’t do it but they make the kids do it, what does that tell the kids? That it’s not important to mom and dad, why should it be important to me?”
If your smoke alarm is 10 years or older, Zwiebel says it’s time to replace them.