Wico. Co. Emergency Services: Change your clock, change your batteries

Wicomico County is encouraging all of their residents to change their batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, while they change the time for daylight savings this Sunday. 

It's a push for residents to do their annual check up to see if they're still working. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than the 3,000 people die in a home fire per year and most of those homes had a smoke alarm that didn't work. 

To avoid a tragedy, here are some tips to help you out:

  • Place a smoke alarm on every level of your home, including the basement
  • Check alarms monthly by pushing the test button
  • Have a strategy in place if something were to happen. 

"You should have a plan in your family and should have a plan when a smoke alarm or smoke detector goes off. You should talk about that ahead of time with your children and the children should know what it sounds like also," David Shipley, Director of Wicomico County Emergency Services tells us.

Smoke alarms can often go off when you're cooking or taking a shower, but we're told you shouldn't remove the battery. Instead, you should open a window, wave a towel to clear the air, or press the hush button. 

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