As we spring forward Sunday morning comes a reminder from Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney to test your smoke alarms and talk to your family about what to do in the event of a fire.
“Even though most clocks will update automatically this Sunday, use the time change as a reminder to test smoke alarms and replace batteries,” said State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney. “Create an escape plan and make sure everyone knows where to meet outside of the home, in case of fire.”
There have been over 20 fire deaths in Mississippi so far in 2022. In 12 of those, there were no working smoke alarms in the home. If you cannot afford smoke alarms, check with your local fire department. They may be able to install alarms for free.
The Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office recommends the following safety tips:
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button
- Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the alarm and knows how to respond
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old
- Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn’t respond properly when tested
- Smoke alarms should be placed in every sleeping area and common hallways and on every level of your home
- Large homes may need extra smoke alarms
- A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall
- Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. they should be at least 10 feet from the stove.
- Create an escape plan and make sure all family members know where to meet once out of the home.