Oct 29, 2014 5:00 PM

Author: Office of Public Affairs

Daylight saving time ends next week. When you change your clocks, it’s a good reminder to also change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

“Working smoke detectors save lives, but you’d be surprised at how many homes do not properly maintain them,” says Brad Wiggins, RN, nurse manager for University of Utah Health’s Burn Center.

Utah law mandates smoke detectors be installed outside sleeping areas and on every floor of the house, including the basement. But it’s your responsibility to maintain these lifesaving devices. Here’s how.

Selecting a Smoke Detector

Did you know there are different types of smoke detectors? “We recommend dual-sensor alarms because they provide ionization and photoelectric monitoring, which sense flames and smoldering fires,” Wiggins says.

Create an Escape Plan

Don’t wait until you hear the smoke alarm to think about an exit strategy. “Establish a home escape plan in the event of a fire,” Wiggins says. “Regularly practice the plan with your family, starting today.


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