Firefighters go door-to-door to make sure detectors are working

Posted at: 11/02/2012 11:32 PM
Updated at: 11/02/2012 11:51 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

Daylight saving time ends this weekend. That means its time to turn back the clocks, and change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Firefighters in Brighton wanted to make sure residents are staying safe.

On Friday, they were out trying to spread the word. The firefighter's motto: "change your clock, change your battery." They say whether you are springing forward or falling back, it should serve as a reminder to make sure your smoke alarms are ready to go. On Friday night, they took their initiative on the road.

The fire department teamed up with Great Northern Pizza Kitchen. As the orders came in on this rainy Friday night, the firefighters randomly selected a few families to surprise by delievering the pizzas themselves. Here was the catch: the smoke detector in the home had to be working. If the batteries were charged and ready to go, the firefighters picked up the entire tab.

The Hosner family was completely surprised on Friday night, and their alarm was working fine. This is the second year for the "Daylight Saving Surprise." The firefighters say it's a fun way to teach an important aspect of fire safety.

"It's the first line of defense," says Stephen MacAdam, the Brighton Fire Department Chief. "In Brighton, we don't have a lot of fires and a lot of it can go back to smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. A lot of people have alarm systems wired in their house, but it really is your first line of defense. It's so important to have a working fire detector to get people out safely."

Fire officials say you should be checking your detectors on a monthly basis. In addition to smoke detectors, they recommend keeping an eye on carbon monoxide detectors as well. They also say if you need any help installing a smoke detector, or you if you know an elderly or disabled person that may need some help, you should call your local fire department. They will be more than happy to install a detector properly.