As we approach the warmer months, we often forget about our smoke detectors since we’re all looking forward to spending more time outside. However, it’s important to remember to keep your smoke detector batteries up-to-date by checking the batteries and replacing them, or the smoke detector as a whole, if needed. The Middletown Division of Fire recommends that you check your batteries at least twice a year and that you consider replacing a smoke detector that is over 10 years old.
As stated this week in the Journal News, Middletown fire officials believe a working smoke detector may have saved the life of a man who died in an apartment fire this past Saturday night.
While we can never say for certain that no one will die in a fire, a working smoke detector is one of the best tools available to give you the most time to get to safety. If you are a Middletown resident, the Middletown Division of Fire has smoke detectors that you can use in your home that have a 10-year, lithium battery inside. If you rent, please remember that your landlords are requires to have a smoke detector in your unit – but it is up to you, the tenant, to make sure it is updated with new batteries.
Please contact the Middletown Division of Fire at 513-425-7996 with any questions you may have regarding fire safety.
To acquire a smoke detector from the Middletown Division of Fire, stop by Fire Headquarters at 2300 Roosevelt Boulevard during normal business hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Take a few minutes, check your batteries, and stay safe Middletown!