NEWBERRY — Newberry Fire Chief Keith Minick wants to remind residents to perform maintenance on smoke alarms and to hold a fire drill this weekend since daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday.
Minick said the adage to change your clock and change the batteries is true and helps save lives.
He added that while changing batteries in a smoke detector is important, it is also good to test the detectors, clean the detectors and check the date of manufacture to ensure they are less than 10 years old. Detectors more than 10 years old need to be replaced, said Minick.
Newberry firefighters can help residents to change their batteries in smoke detectors.
Daylight-saving time is also a good time to hold a family fire drill and to check fire extinguishers in the home.
Residents in need of a smoke detector can contact the city fire department, which still has smoke detectors it received through a grant. Along with putting up the 10-year maintenance free smoke detector, city firefighters will do a home fire inspection.
As a result of the grant, firefighters have been door to door, asking residents if they needed a smoke detector. If no one has been home, the homeowner has been left a card, asking them to call for a smoke detector.
Residents in the county can call the city fire department and those officials will work with a county department to get one installed. The Newberry Fire Department can be reached at 321-1030.