Wakefield Fire Department

Check Your Detectors

Wakefield Fire Department Reminds Residents to Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms When Changing Their Clocks

Chief Michael Sullivan and the Wakefield Fire Department wish to remind residents to test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and check the batteries in each when they move their clocks ahead to start daylight saving time Sunday.

Fires and carbon monoxide leaks are extremely dangerous, and can be deadly. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are often lifesavers in these emergencies, and we're urging residents to doublecheck these appliances this weekend, Chief Sullivan said. If you need to change out the batteries or replace an alarm, we advise that you do so quickly for the safety of everyone in your household.

Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 14, and clocks move ahead one hour at that time.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in more than 50% of home fires that were reported to fire departments in the U.S. between 2014-2018, residents were alerted to the danger by a working smoke alarm. Almost 60% of home fire deaths occurred in homes without properly-functioning smoke alarms or no smoke alarms at all during the same time period.

To keep residents’ homes safe and prevent fires or carbon monoxide poisoning, Chief Sullivan recommends these safety tips from the NFPA:

For more information on smoke and carbon monoxide alarm safety, visit the NFPA website or contact the Wakefield Fire Department at 781-246-6435