Time to Replace Your Smoke Detector Batteries

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Ending of Daylight Saving Time means it’s time to replace batteries in smoke alarms and weather radios

Residents encouraged to also update their Smart911 profiles

With Daylight Saving Time (fall back) ending at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 5th, the Minneola Fire Department is reminding residents that it is a good time to change batteries in their home smoke alarms and N.O.A.A. weather radios, and to update their Smart911 profiles.

Fire officials across the nation encourage homeowners to replace batteries in smoke alarms and weather radios when they change their clocks because it provides a convenient reminder.

While it is recommended that batteries be replaced in smoke alarms semi-annually, the devices should also be tested at least once per month.  Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, on every floor of a home and in hallways leading to bedrooms, and should be replaced every 10 years.

The Minneola Fire Department is also encouraging residents to update their Smart911 profiles, or if they are not signed up, to do so. 

Smart911 is a free program that allows people to proactively provide crucial information to first responders before an emergency occurs.  The profiles can contain contact information, residents’ medical conditions, photos of family members and the home’s floor plans.

For more information about Smart911, or to create or update a profile, visit www.smart911.com

IMPORTANT: If you have not yet done so or have recently moved, please make sure to add or update your 911 address with your cellular telephone provider.