Firefighters, Red Cross Stress Importance Of Checking Smoke Detectors

Do you rent your home? If so, familiarize yourself with your lease and who is responsible for maintaining smoke detectors. Make sure yours are working properly.

CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – As you turned back your clocks this weekend for daylight saving time, hopefully you remembered to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors.

It is a simple step that can save your life.

Firefighters and the Red Cross are taking that message to the streets.

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When fire strikes, the simple beeps from a smoke detector can mean the difference between life and death.

Firefighters say two-thirds of all fire fatalities are in homes or buildings without working smoke detectors.

“Having working smoke detectors in your home cuts your chances of dying by fire in half,” Swissvale Fire Department Chief Clyde Wilhelm said.

Chief Wilhelm, along with other members of the department and the Red Cross are going door-to-door to spread the message about the importance of the small devices.

In Swissvale, senior citizens are the most vulnerable population when it comes to…

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