County of Los Angeles
CAPTAIN TOM RICHARDS
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE (323) 881-2411
Date: March 8, 2013
FIRE CHIEF DARYL L. OSBY
1320 N. Eastern Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90063
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: LACoFD Public Affairs
“CHANGE YOUR CLOCK / CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES”
As we change our clocks one hour forward on Sunday, March 10, to Pacific Standard Time, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reminds residents to change the batteries in every smoke and carbon monoxide detector device in their home.
“Having a working smoke detector in your home clearly increases your chances of survival during a fire,” says Fire Captain Tom Richards. “The device may alert members of your family while you are asleep, giving you the extra critical seconds for survival.”
Carbon monoxide detectors are required by SB-183 to be installedoutside of each sleeping area in traditional dwellings. For maximum protection against CO gas, the Los Angeles County Fire Department also recommends that a CO device be installed in each sleeping room. Clearly, working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, when properly installed, may mean the difference between life and death.
Follow these simple tips when handling and maintaining smoke detectors:
Ø Test your smoke alarms for proper operations at least twice each year.
Ø Clean your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors so they are free of lint and dust build up.
Ø Change the batteries in every smoke and carbon monoxide detector device in your home at least twice each year when you change your clocks.
Ø Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms are now required by lawin California. (SB-183)
Ø Have a working flashlight nearby to help you evacuate your in case of a fire.
Ø Most importantly! Have two (2) planned escape routes from your home with a designated meeting place outside for all members of your family, and conduct fire drills at home regularly.
For more information contact the Los Angeles County Public Information Office at
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