OWL VFD Helps Replace Smoke Detector Batteries

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Provided by Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department (OWL VFD)

O.W.L. V.F.D members visited more than 55 homes this weekend in the River Ridge community to test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change batteries. Residents were ready with new batteries in hand and open doors to welcome the fire fighters.

Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department reminds residents that one easy step can help save their lives and the lives of those around them. Twice a year, everyone should change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and test the alarms. Then, remind friends, family, neighbors and fellow community members to do the same.

Communities nationwide witness tragic home fire deaths each year. Everyone can work together, though, to help reduce the number of home fire fatalities. Approximately every three hours a home fire death occurs somewhere in the nation; 66 percent of those occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Non-working smoke alarms rob residents of the protective benefits home fire safety devices were designed to provide. The most commonly cited cause of non-working smoke alarms: worn or missing batteries.

“The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11:00 p. m. and 7:00 a. m., when most families are sleeping,” says OWL VFD Chief Jim McAllister. “Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. Children and senior citizens are most at risk, and a working smoke alarm can give them the extra seconds they need to get out safely.”

Changing smoke alarm batteries twice a year, testing those alarms and reminding others to do the same are some of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce deaths and injuries. Additionally, the International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends that smoke alarms in homes should be replaced every ten years and that having both ionization and photo electric smoke alarms are best to alert people to all types of home fires.

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