For Immediate Release
October 30, 2015
Contact: Jackie Calzadilla
Miami Lakes, FL - The Public Safety Committee of Miami Lakes is teaming up with Fire Rescue Station 64 to encourage everyone to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they “fall back” for daylight savings time on Sunday, November 1.
Residents are urged to make a habit of changing the batteries in smoke detectors at least twice a year – at the beginning and end of daylight savings time. If smoke alarms are more than 10 years old, it is recommended that the entire unit be replaced.
For the greatest protection, install a smoke detector on every level of your home and inside each sleeping area. Also, develop an escape plan with two ways out and make sure every family member knows what to do and where to meet outside if the fire alarm sounds. Take time to practice both a primary and secondary escape plan, so that if a real emergency occurred, you and your family know what to do.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Abel Fernandez offers these additional tips:
• Test smoke alarms at least once each month to ensure that they are working properly.
• Vacuum the dust from inside the detector at least once every year.
• Never “borrow” a smoke detector’s battery for another use.
For more information about smoke alarms and fire safety tips, visit: http://www.miamidade.gov/fire/safety-fire-smoke-alarms.asp.