Grand Blanc Fire Department reminds homeowners to replace old smoke detectors

Published: Feb. 4, 2019 at 5:31 PM EST
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(02/04/19)-A plea from a local fire department -- that could save your life

"This past week, I think we responded to about 40-50 calls," said Grand Blanc Fire Chief Robert Burdette.

Some of the calls were related to the deep freeze that hit mid-Michigan at the end of January.

"Simple alarms system going on off in the home, be water flow alarm, because a pipe burst or something like that. "

But Grand Blanc Fire Chief Robert Burdette says the main culprit.... smoke detectors! And it's an issue that could happen during *any* season.

"People are changing the batteries, we are getting the alarm calls early in the morning, that's when they always go off and when we notice that they're old, " Burdette said.

Burdette says like most things, smoke detectors have a shelf life that people should be aware of... to help keep their homes and families safe.

"Everybody's been taught to change the battery twice a year and that's great, but what everybody forgets about is that smoke detectors need to be changed every ten years," Burdette said.

Burdette says even if they still beep, people should replace smoke detectors after a decade. Carbon monoxide detectors have an expiration date too.

"Don't forget to change this every ten years, but carbon monoxide detectors need to be every 7 years. So make sure you have these changed and have those in the home too." Burdette said.

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