Protecting your family from fire hazards as you change your clocks

Dayton house fire
Fire forced a Dayton family from their home, Feb. 27, 2014. (WDTN Photo)

OAKWOOD, Ohio (WDTN)-When you move your clocks forward, there are also some other things you need to do that could save a life.

The Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters has dubbed this “Fire Safety Weekend”.

Shana Sellers tests one of the smoke detectors in her Oakwood home. She moved here about a year ago.

“When I first looked at the house, there were no smoke detectors installed.  So, I actually asked my realtor if they could install those because I knew for it to be up to code, they needed to have that,” says Sellers.

The OAPFF says you need to check your smoke detectors at least once a month to make sure they are working and replace them every ten years.

Huber Heights Fire Chief Mark Ashworth says the location of these smoke detectors is also key.

“Ideally, we would like to see a smoke detector on every level of every floor,” explains Chief Ashworth.

But, firefighters say this isn’t the only thing you need to do.  They also urge you to check your carbon monoxide detectors, clean your dryer vents, plan a fire escape route and know two ways to get out of your home.

Sellers says that’s why she moved her master bedroom upstairs.

“There is a bedroom in the basement and someon had said if there’s no exit from the basement, that it can be a huge fire hazard.  I hadn’t really thought about that. Because, I was going to use it as my master bedroom,” comments Sellers.

Sellers says it’s all about keeping her 9-month-old son Camden safe.

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