Clocks Move Back this Weekend; Tips from the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department

clock_fall_back_animatedSpring Forward, Fall Back – we move the clock back an hour this weekend, which comes along with a reminder from the fire department “Change your Clocks, Change your Batteries”.

But is it really that important, or is it just another cute reminder from your local Fire Department? Here are some fascinating but sobering facts…

Did you know…? SMOKE DETECTORS · 2 out of 3 fire deaths are in homes with non functioning smoke alarms· In the US 62% of home fire deaths resulted from home fires with inoperable or no smoke alarms· 38% of total fire injuries occurred in homes with no smoke alarms· In reported home fires with inoperable alarms, 50% had missing, disconnected, or dead batteries

· A home fire impacts the life of an American family every 85 seconds

· On average, you have less than 3 minutes from the 1rst smoke alarm sounds to escape – try that with a family of 10 at 3am

· The LFD receives a relatively high number of faulty detector calls

· Smoke alarms provide an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape – but only if they work!

· Most if not all of the above is preventable!

CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS· Known as The invisible killer, CO is colorless & odorless· Effects adults and children differently, if your detector goes off check on your children and/or the elderly· If your CO alarm goes off DON’T assume anything!· There are numerous potential CO sources, not just your stove or oven

· Sources: kitchen range or vent, water heater pipes, furnace, dryer, heaters, attached garage, neighboring apartments

· Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security, while most of the time it’s “nothing”, when something does happen it can be deadly. ALWAYS be diligent.

· Standard smoke alarms don’t detect carbon monoxide

· 35 million people are still at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Are you one of them?

Check out the following home safety tips… and put them to practical use!

· Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly to make sure they are working

· Have at least one working smoke alarm on each level of your home

· Install one carbon monoxide detector in a central location outside each separate sleeping area

· IF YOUR DETECTOR GOES OFF, FIND OUT WHY! DON’T ASSUME ANYTHING!

· Carbon monoxide detectors are NOT substitutes for smoke alarms, they are NOT interchangeable

· Never disconnect your smoke alarms and/or CO alarms – no matter how “annoying” they are!

· Do NOT rely on your sense of smell to alert you, by then it may be too late

· If your detectors are more than 10 years old they need to be replaced, not just the batteries

· 30 seconds and a 9 volt battery can save your life

Calling on Shabbos and Yomim Tovim

Rabbonim say….

· Even when in doubt, if there is a chance of danger, one should call the appropriate authorities

· Now is not the time for debating P’sak Halacha

· Never hesitate to call. Even when unsure. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

· A safer choice for Yom Tov cooking is an electrical burner, which can be placed on the stove itself and be utilized with a timer

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