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Change The Batteries In Your Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Alarms !
Due to Super Storm Sandy, many of your homes were without power and your alarms were running off of battery power. These batteries will probably need replacement. Please check and replace all batteries to ensure the battery backup function still works.

This message has been brought to you by the Brick Bureau of Fire Safety.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us 732-458-4100.



The Brick Bureau of Fire Safety has a limited supply of free Carbon Monoxide Alarms and battery operated Smoke Alarms available for distribution. Please contact our office at 732-458-4100 and we will be happy to assist you with a new alarm.


Check and change all batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

Smoke Alarms Maintenance and Safety

Smoke alarms powered by a 9-volt battery
   • Test the alarm monthly.
   • Replace the batteries at least once a year.
   • The entire smoke alarm should be replaced every 8-10 years.

Smoke alarms powered by a 10-year lithium (or “long life”) battery

   • Test the alarm monthly
   • Since you cannot replace the lithium battery, the entire unit should be
     replaced according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Smoke alarm that is hardwired into the home’s electrical system

   Test the alarm monthly
   the backup battery should be replaced at least once a year.
   The entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced every 8-10 years.

As a easy reminder: Write the purchase date or battery change date on the back of the

smoke alarm.

Check your Home Fire Alarm System

A home fire alarm system is usually part of a total security system providing burglary protection in addition to fire protection. Such a system supervises doors, windows and spaces within the home for break-in and may provide monitoring services by dialing your telephone to report a fire or intrusion to a security office, where it will be reported to your local police or fire department. These systems consist of a central control panel to which smoke alarms and heat detectors are connected, along with bells or horns that are activated when the system triggers an Alarm.

The control panel operated from house power but also usually contains an emergency battery which can operate the system for about 24 hours during a power outage.

   Please be reminded that your emergency battery will need to be changed after
      your home electrical system is energized. This is important so that the monitor
      system gets the correct information and signals.

Heating Sources

Wood Stoves

   Follow manufacturer’s installation and maintenance instructions.

Electric Space Heaters
   Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory such as
      Underwriters Laboratories.
   Never use extension cords.
   Always unplug your electric space heater when not in use.

   Make sure it has a thermostat control mechanism and will switch off
     automatically when the heater falls over.

   Have chimneys cleaned frequently and inspected by certified companies.

   Never leave unattended.
   Use a screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover
      the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.

Keep a 3 foot “kid-free” zone around all heating sources.

Check all electrical outlets and wiring for water damage and if needed, contact a

licensed electrician.

Electrical Home Fire Safety

Routinely check your electrical appliances and wiring. Replace all worn, old or
   damaged appliance cords immediately. Do not try to repair them.

Replace any electrical tool if it causes even small electrical shocks, overheats,
   shorts out or gives off smoke or sparks.

Use only surge protectors or power strips that have internal overload protection
   and have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture.

Avoid putting cords where they can be damaged or pinched by furniture, under
   rugs and carpets, or across doorways.

Extension cords are for temporary use only. Have a qualified electrician
   determine if additional circuits or wall outlets are needed.

Electrical work should be done only by a qualified electrician. Call an electrician
   if you have any of the following:
   Recurring problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers.

   A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance.
   Discolored or warm wall outlets or switches.
   A burning smell or rubbery odor coming from an appliance.
   Flickering lights.
   Sparks from wall outlets.
   Cracked or broken wall fixtures or outlets.

Candles-Caution should be taken when utilizing candles.

They should be placed in sturdy candle holders that won’t be tipped over easily.

Don’t burn a candle all the way down – put it out before it gets too close to the
   bottom of the holder or container.

Never use a candle or open flame if oxygen is being used in the home.

Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage.
   Never use candles.

Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle. Keep matches and
   lighters up high and out of children’s reach, in a locked cabinet.

Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.

Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid placing
   candles in a bedroom where you may fall asleep with them light.

Consult the Brick Township Building Department if you have any questions on permit