The Forsyth County Fire Department provides and installs free smoke detectors to senior citizens and residents in need. For more information about the program, call Andrea Noble, fire public safety educator, at (770) 205-5699.
Public safety officials are reminding residents to change more than their clocks as they spring forward this weekend.
Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday.
According to the Forsyth County Fire Department, not only should residents set their clocks ahead an hour, it’s also a good time to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes.
“It is a simple task that could potentially prove lifesaving,” Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said.
The department recommends testing detectors at least once a month and replacing the batteries every six months. In addition, the units should be replaced every eight to 10 years.
“The critical need for working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout every level of a home cannot be stressed enough,” Fire Chief Danny Bowman said.
“It is important to remember that you have no sense of smell when you are asleep, so smoke detectors are your only hope of being alerted to a fire.”
The department recommends a detector for each level of a home, that they are kept clean and free of dust and that residents call 911 in the event of an emergency.