Official: Change your device’s battery when you change your watches on Sunday. news

Official: Change your device’s battery when you change your watches on Sunday.  news

Official: Change your device’s battery when you change your watches on Sunday. news

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, RI – Changing the biannual time – a task coming up this weekend – also brings with it the ritual of checking batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors these days.

As the clocks go back, fire departments around South County — including the Union Fire District in South Kingstown — want residents to check the operation of their detectors. UFD is also offering batteries to help fuel that check.

According to UFD Fire Marshal Chris Heiner, “The Union Fire District has received a shipment of free batteries from Energizer to participate in the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program.”

UFD has partnered with Energizer, which manufactures Energizer, Ray-O-Vac, Varta and Everedy batteries. UFD will deliver AA and 9V batteries to residents at the District Office, 131 Asa Pond Road, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., while supplies last.

Heiner said there is a huge demand for the batteries and he will investigate whether Energizer will donate more.

Many electronic devices and equipment with clocks will automatically adjust, but smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms need to be checked for proper operation. Even today’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are not all designed alike, which has made battery messaging more nuanced.

The Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that there were an annual average of 362,000 unintentional residential fires, nearly 2,400 deaths, nearly 10,400 injuries, and nearly $7 billion in property damage, each year from 2016 to 2018.

The National Fire Protection Association states that 46 percent of home fires, with 55 percent of household fire deaths, occur between November and March. The NFPA estimated that 57 percent of deaths occur in homes with or without smoke alarms.

Heiner offered the following advice to any building owner with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that use batteries. He said his advice covers the many types of these detectors on the market and their changing battery requirements:

Detectors/alarms with a non-replaceable 10-year battery are designed to be effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm goes off, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm immediately.

These alarms with any other type of battery require a new battery at least once a year. If that alarm goes off, giving a low battery warning, replace the battery immediately.

When changing batteries, follow the manufacturer’s list of batteries or the manufacturer’s instructions on the back of the alarm. The manufacturer’s instructions are specific to the battery (brand and model) that must be used. If a different battery type is used, the alarm may not work properly.

Given the 10-year trend of sealed battery alarms that provide a decade of added convenience and safety, fire experts are also reminding the public that it is still too late to test and test alarms even with long-lasting batteries. is also important.

Alarms with a 10-year sealed battery provide added security and convenience, as the battery lasts the life of the alarm and cannot be removed from the unit.

Across the country, several states and major cities have enacted laws for certain types of housing that require 10-year sealed battery alarms and many others are following the same path.

With every sale of a home that is 10 or more years old, a fire marshal checks whether the appliances are installed and working properly.

For example, homes older than 1976 must have battery-operated detectors, but they do not need to be interconnected. They should be outside of all sleeping areas and on every level of the house, including the basement. The same goes for carbon monoxide detectors.

As for those built later, several other laws govern them, including smoke and carbon monoxide detectors outside bedrooms and every level of housing, as well as interconnectivity and battery-backup requirements.

He advised that anyone with questions should call their local fire marshal for specific requirements based on the timing of the construction of the dwelling.

As with many requirements today, this safety measure requires twice-yearly checks and even replacement because batteries can lose their charge, Heiner said.

“Every year you change your clocks for daylight saving time, change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and please remind your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same,” he said.

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