The Findlay Fire Department is reminding everyone to change the batteries in their smoke detectors over the weekend when they move their clocks back for the time change.
We spoke with Inspector Eric Wilkins, who told us that there’s nothing in our houses that’s more important to our safety than a smoke detector.
He says batteries should be replaced every six months and smoke detectors last about ten years before they should be replaced.
Instead of saying “smoke detectors save lives”, Inspector Wilkins says “working smoke detectors save lives” because if it’s not functional it isn’t going to help.
He says when they see a fire in which a smoke detector doesn’t go off to alert the occupants it’s usually because of human error, such as dead batteries or the detector was taken down because it was going off during cooking and wasn’t put back up.
People are also urged to have carbon monoxide detectors in their home as well.