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Check smoke alarms and make an escape plan

Mississippi’s State Fire Marshal is reminding residents this weekend is a good time to check smoke alarms and consider an escape plan, in case your home catches on fire.  

Sunday morning is when we start Daylight Saving Time and fire officials usually select the change to and from Daylight Saving Time as an opportunity to make sure smoke detectors are working.  

“Even though most clocks will update automatically this Sunday, use the time change as a reminder to test smoke alarms and replace batteries,” Chaney said. “Create an escape plan and make sure everyone knows where to meet outside of the home, in case of fire.”

At last check, there have been 23 fire deaths in 2022. In 12 of those fires, 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 smoke 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 the 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.

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