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Officials say check smoke detectors

By The Mercury

Manhattan Fire Department officials released a statement Friday telling citizens to check their smoke detectors when they change their clocks Sunday.

Officials said that the Manhattan Fire Department recommends that residents change their smoke detector batteries this weekend and test the detector to make sure the alarms work.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that fire death rates are twice as high in homes with no working smoke detectors.

“When talking to victims of residential structure fires, they often report how fast the fire happened and how they narrowly escaped the fire and smoke,” Battalion Chief Jim Blanck said.

“In as little as three minutes, a fire can grow to a level where escape can be impossible and smoke detectors can give occupants that extra warning time to get out safely,” he said.

Officials said smoke detectors should be installed in every sleeping room, outside every sleeping room and on every level of your home.

Manufacturers recommend that residential smoke detectors be tested monthly and the replaced every 10 years.

Please contact Fire Marshal Rick Stillwagon, Manhattan Fire Department, at (785)-587-4504 with any questions.

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