Reminder from the HFD Re: Smoke Detectors

Press Release - April 22, 2013

The Hinckley Fire Department is reminding homeowners to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at least once a year to ensure they are working properly.  In the past six weeks, nearly one third of all fire calls the Department responded to has been for smoke detectors whose batteries had failed.

"Smoke detectors are the first line of defense against the deadly effects of fire.  According to the U.S. Fire Administration, every year, approximately 2,600 Americans die in home fires.  More than half of these deaths (52 percent) occur between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. when residents are typically sleeping.  The risk of dying from a fire in a home without working smoke alarms is twice as high as in a home with working smoking alarms."

The National Fire Protection Association and the International Association Fire Chief's recommend that homeowners install new batteries in all smoke alrams /CO detectors at least once a year on the day you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.

Hinckley Fire Department asks residents to notify them when a detector sounds however, before calling, make sure to identify whether or not the device is simply sounding due to a low battery.  Any resident, who does not have a smoke detector or is unable to purchase one, can receive a unit through the Ted and Marianne Gaj Residential Fire Safety program.

Hinckley Fire Department will assist in the replacement of batteries if needed.  Homeowners are asked to call the office from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment or obtain a smoke detector.