Fire Chief reminds public to check smoke detectors this weekend

November 02,2023

Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, Nov. 5 and the Fire Chief reminds residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors in addition to changing the time on their clocks.

“This simple step of changing the batteries in your smoke alarms twice a year can help protect you and your family in the event of a fire,” Chief Christopher Davis said. “Working smoke alarms reduce your risk of dying in a house fire by more than 50 percent.”

Chief Davis offered the following tips:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, as well as outside of each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Close your bedroom doors when you sleep. During a fire, closed bedroom doors can slow the spread and allow extra time to get to safety.
  • Smoke alarms should be placed on the ceiling or high on the wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Make a fire escape plan: Make sure there are two ways out from each room and a clear path to outside from each exit. Once out, stay out of the house.

“Our goal is for every home in Enterprise to have a working smoke alarm. If you need one, call us and we will give you one for free. We will even come out and install it if you need us to. There’s no reason anyone in Enterprise should live in a home without a working smoke alarm,” Davis said.

Any city resident who needs a smoke alarm should call the Enterprise Fire Department at (334) 348-2641 for more information.