On Sunday, we'll "fall back" as we turn the clocks back an hour to mark the end of Daylight Savings Time. Firefighters are reminding residents that now is a good time to check smoke alarms and their batteries.
On July 1, a new law went into effect in Maryland requiring homeowners to install new 10-year smoke detectors with sealed lithium batteries and a silence button. When the 10-year life of the smoke detector is up, it has to be replaced with another 10-year smoke detector. The law also requires smoke detectors to be installed on each floor of a house, and in or near bedrooms. Maryland Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch says having a single smoke detector in a three-story home simply isn't good enough to make sure someone can escape a fire safely.
The Fire Marshal's Office says having a properly working smoke detector alone can increase your chances of surviving a fire by 60 percent. Those odds increase to 90 percent if the smoke alarm is coupled with an automatic home sprinkler system.
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