Check your smoke alarm

By SPECIAL TO THE PRESS REGISTER,

 

Even though most clocks updated automatically last week, State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney wants to remind everyone to test their smoke alarm and change the battery if needed.

At last check, there have been 23 fire deaths in 2020. In 16 of those fires, there were no working smoke alarms in the home. If you cannot afford smoke alarms, call your local fire department. They may be able to install alarms for free.

“This is also a good time to talk to your children and other family members in your home about what to do if there is a fire. Create an escape plan and make sure everyone knows where to meet outside of the home, in case of fire,” Chaney said.

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.

• Rental property in the state of Mississippi is required to have a working smoke detector.