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Spring Forward This Weekend; Check Smoke Alarms, Emergency Kits

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From the City of Reno:

Daylight Saving Time starts 2 a.m. this Sunday March 9. Before going to bed, residents should change all the clocks throughout their homes to reflect the time change. The Reno Fire Department wants to remind everyone that this might also be a good time to test, and if needed, change the batteries in all your home's smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.   
 
Even with the introduction of "10 year smoke alarm batteries", to stay safe, smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month and if an alarm "chirps", warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away. 
 
Reno Fire Chief Mike Hernandez and the members of the Reno Fire Department want to remind citizens that smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan. "When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast," states Chief Hernandez.

"Working smoke alarms gives the occupants of the home an early warning so you can escape and get outside quickly." 

Some additional smoke alarm tips:
 
*  Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
*   Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms.  Generally, they should be at least 10 feet away from a cooking appliance.
*    Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. 
Reno Fire Chief Hernandez would also like to remind citizens that, thanks to a FEMA fire prevention and safety grant, the Reno Fire Department has free residential smoke alarms, including ADA hearing impaired smoke alarms for qualified applicants.  Reno Fire Department members will install these detectors free of charge.

For information on smoke alarms in addition to other fire safety information, including how to apply for a free smoke alarm, contact the Reno Fire Prevention Division at 334-2300.

From the City of Reno

From Washoe County:

It's the perfect opportunity for you to check your family emergency stockpiles, change batteries in radios and flashlights, replace or rotate food items in the kit, update any family information including medications, or determine what items might be missing.

An emergency preparedness kit is a first step to ensure families and businesses can sustain themselves in the event of illness outbreaks or natural disasters like severe winter storms, earthquakes, fires, and floods. Family emergency supplies can be contained in new, large trashcans, backpacks or suitcases and can be assembled over several months by adding just one or two items to a grocery list. Kits should include food, water, a first aid kit, tools, copies of important documents, clothing and bedding, medications, and pet supplies. Household preparedness kits should include enough supplies to sustain everyone in the household for up to three weeks.
 
Recommendations for family emergency preparedness kits include: 
* Prescription and over-the-counter medications
* Toiletries, including soap
* First-aid kit
* Baby formula and diapers
* Extra eyeglasses
* Pet food/medications/leashes/collars/ID tags
* Extra batteries for flashlight(s) and radio(s)
* Garbage bags
* Cash
* Non-perishable food, ready-to-eat canned meats, soups, fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, protein bars, utensils, can openers, and sterno for heating 
* One gallon of water per person per day and fluids with electrolytes that will last for up to two weeks

Also consider kits for your cars or trucks. Severe weather can move in quickly and strand motorists. The best preparation for severe winter weather including strong winds and heavy rain requires planning ahead. Almost everyone carries a cell phone – keep it charged up. And at a minimum keep a blanket, radio, flashlight, batteries, a first aid kit, and a 3-day supply of food and water in your vehicles.  Don't forget to tell friends or relatives that you're travelling, what route you're taking, and when you expect to arrive. This information could save your life if you get stuck.

Remember that planning ahead, assembling an emergency supply kit, staying informed, and keeping those in your circle informed about you are the best ways to stay safe through the uncertain days of winter. For more information visit www.ReadyWashoe.com

From Washoe County

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