Tallahassee, FL -November 2, 2012
The end to Daylight Saving Time is just around the corner.
And the Tallahassee Fire Department says now is the time to check your smoke detectors to make sure they're working properly.
"They're one of the most important assists that we can use. They've prevented so many fires in the past," says Matt O'Brien, a firefighter with the Tallahassee Fire Department.
Tallahassee Firefighters credit smoke detectors with saving the lives of a family on Donovan Court whose townhouse was destroyed by a fire Thursday.
And with Daylight Saving Time ending soon, firefighters say now is the time to make sure these life saving tools are working.
"It's incredibly important this time of year. You've got Christmas decorations and lights going. It just pays to be safe," says Tallahassee resident, Jim Thompson.
"You just need to be prepared. We travel quite a bit, so I like for my home to be safe," says Tallahassee resident, Will Johnson.
There are two types of smoke detectors to choose from.
The first are ion smoke detectors. These cost a little less and work well at detecting open flames.
There are also photoelectric smoke detectors. These work well at detecting smoldering flames and are not set off as easily by cooking.
Which ever one you choose, firefighters recommend checking its batteries every six months.
Firefighter also say it's important to have at least one smoke detector on each floor of your home.
The Tallahassee Fire Department says it will check and help install smoke detectors inside the homes of elderly or disabled people.