The Torrance Fire Department is encouraging people to make sure their smoke alarms are working.

As we moved our clocks forward, the National Fire Protection Association recommends that people test their smoke alarms. Nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. This usually happens when batteries are missing, disconnected or dead.

Here are some tips to make sure you don’t put yourself in a dangerous situation:

  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Make sure everyone in the home is familiar with how a smoke alarm sounds and how to respond to it.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old and immediately if they don’t work.
  • If your alarm chirps, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.

More information is available on the NFPA website.