Time change is good time to make sure emergency items have working batteries
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms: Replace batteries once per year or when the alarm “chirps” with a low battery warning. The backup battery in hardwired alarms needs to be replaced once per year as well. Exception – in alarms that have 10-year lithium, or “long life” batteries, you cannot and should not replace the lithium batteries. Replace your entire alarm according to the manufacturer’s instructions – generally 10 years for smoke alarms and 5 – 7 years for CO alarms.
Emergency power kit: Severe weather is most likely to occur during the spring months of March, April and May. Help your family stay safe and connected in the event of a power outage. An emergency power kit should include a battery-powered or hand crank radio, a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, portable cell phone charger, a working flashlight for each family member, and extra batteries. Candles pose a particularly dangerous risk of fires in stormy conditions, especially when there’s a potential for a gas leak.
For more information please visit the Franklin Fire Department’s website at http://www.franklintn.gov/fire, or call the department at (615) 791-3270.