Amidst holiday fires, BRFD offers smoke detector safety tips

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - It's been a busy holiday season for both the Baton Rouge Fire Department and St. George Fire Department.

"The last couple days, the Baton Rouge Fire Department has been extremely busy. We had some on Christmas Day. We had some yesterday, the day after Christmas," Mark Miles with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said.

Thankfully, there were no injuries in these cases. Firefighters want to see it stay that way by reminding people just how important smoke detectors can be.

"We strongly urge residents to check smoke detectors," Miles said.

It's a simple check once a month. All you have to do is locate the test button on the fire detector, press it and make sure the alarm sounds.

If it is not working, it's usually due to either dead batteries or the alarm is old.

"Smoke detectors are made to last about ten years, so if you think your smoke detector is about 10 years old, we ask that you swap that out because we want everybody to be safe," Miles said.

If it is time for a switch, there is a new kind of smoke detector that does not require changing batteries.

"You can buy the ones now with lithium batteries that last ten years, so all you have to do is check it once a month just to make sure it's operational," Miles said.

For elderly community members, it can be hard to check smoke detectors and change batteries. Miles suggests checking on elderly neighbors to make sure their detectors are working properly.



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