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Stressing the Importance of Smoke Detector Maintenance

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The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District is stressing the importance of smoke detectors after one saved the life of a Channel 2 News employee early Saturday morning.

Richard Sloane directs Channel 2 News This Morning Monday through Friday. Much of his home was destroyed when a fire broke out just before 3am Saturday on Clarence Jasmine Drive, in the Galena Forest area.

Richard was able to escape, but suffered burns to his shoulder and hands. His brother-in-law was hospitalized for smoke inhalation.

Two cats died.

Richard was released from the hospital Monday and is now living with family members.

Amy Ray is the fire marshall for Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District. She said his life was saved, thanks to a smoke detector waking him up. They're reminding everyone to check their smoke detectors to make sure they're working properly.

"Whether they are a battery operated smoke detector or a hard wired smoke detector, you still need to change your batteries. You should change the batteries in your smoke detectors every six months."

Ray said you should change the batteries in your smoke detectors on a regular basis, usually when you change the time on your clocks twice a year.

She said should never take the batteries out of your detectors and use them for something else.

Also, she said you should change the actual smoke detector itself, if it's more than a decade old. There's a manufacturing date on the back.

Ray says detectors save lives because smoke and fire alone won't necessarily wake you up.

Also, make sure you have your fire extinguishers maintained as well.

"We recommend through commercial applications that they are serviced every year. What happens is the powder and the application material inside tends to cake and won't work if it's too old."

If you want to donate to help Richard Sloane - an account has been set up for him. Just ask for the Richard Sloane Donation Account at any Wells Fargo Bank.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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