HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 a.m., and the National Fire Protection Association urges residents to test their smoke alarms.
In a news release, the NFPA wrote, “Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms. When smoke alarms should have worked but failed to operate, it is usually because batteries were missing, disconnected, or dead.”
Just such an incident occurred on Thursday, when two young sisters died in a house fire in Ahoskie, North Carolina. Fire crews say there were no working smoke detectors in the home.
For more information on smoke alarm safety, check out NFPA’s smoke alarm safety tip sheet, and new 9-volt battery tip sheet, which explains the importance of storing and disposing of batteries with care to avoid a fire hazard.