Sunday, November 5th, is the end of daylight saving time! Remember to turn your clocks BACK an hour. This is also a good time to test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. State Fire Marshal Jim Walker says that smoke alarm technology has advanced and many now come with 10-year batteries and some are tamper-resistant. He encourages residents to test their alarms before changing the battery, and to be sure to replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older.
Working smoke alarms provide a critical early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, which increase your chances of survival. Additional safety tips:
* Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area (hallway).
* Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
* Use the smoke alarm's hush feature to silence nuisance alarms.
* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with family members.
* Practice you home fire escape plan at least two times a year at different times of the day/night.
For more home fire escape planning information visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Pages/escapeplan.aspx