As we all get ready for winter and turn our clocks back on Sunday, November 7, 2021, the Lebanon Fire Department would like to remind everyone to be certain to have at least one working smoke and carbon monoxide detector on each level of their home. The National Fire Protection Association further recommends having a smoke and carbon monoxide detector in each bedroom and in a common area on each floor of your home.
In addition to having these safety devices, it is critically important that they have fresh batteries. Most smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are powered by a 9-volt battery, including those that are hardwired into your home's electrical system. This ensures that the devices will work in the event of a power outage. Some newer detectors have a sealed battery compartment with a battery that will last 10 years.
The State of New Hampshire has seen a high number of fire or carbon monoxide-related deaths in past years. In many of these instances, the homes were found to have no working smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors. These small cost items, typically as low as $6.00 for a smoke detector, can and do save lives!
Please feel free to contact the Lebanon Fire Department at 603-448-8810 should you have any questions or need assistance with changing batteries or locating the devices.
Video: Retired Lebanon City Manager Greg Lewis talks with Retired Lebanon Fire Inspector Jonathan Paul about the importance of maintaining smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Watch now.