Farmington Hills Fire joins national smoke alarm campaign

When you “fall back” to standard time on Sunday, Nov. 5, the Farmington Hills Fire Department reminds you to change your smoke alarm batteries.

The department is among nearly 6,000 nationwide promoting the annual Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign.

Farmington Hills free smoke alarm program
Administrative Staff Lt. James Neufeld promotes the Farmington Hills Fire Department’s free smoke alarm installation program. (submitted photo)

“It’s an easy, inexpensive, and proven way to protect your family and your home,” Fire Marshal Jason Olszewski said in a press release.

Surveys conducted for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Consumer Products Safety Commission found that 96 percent of all homes have at least one smoke alarm, but only 75 percent have at least one working smoke alarm. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with either no smoke alarms or smoke alarms not working, usually due to missing or dead batteries or disconnected wires.

The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping. A working smoke alarm provides critical extra time needed to get people out safely.

According to the NFPA, the maximum life cycle of a smoke alarm is 10 years from the date of manufacture, not the date of installation. If your smoke alarm does not have a manufacture date, then it is more than 10 years old and must be replaced. The Farmington Hills Fire Department recommends purchasing smoke alarms with 10-year lithium batteries. All smoke alarms should be tested monthly.

“The Farmington Hills Fire Department has a free smoke alarm installation program,” Olszewski said. “We’ve installed hundreds of smoke alarms over the past 20 years and will continue to do so until everyone who needs a smoke alarm has one.”

For information about the free smoke alarm installation program, call the Fire Prevention Division at 248-871-2820.