For anyone who has had a smoke alarm start chirping at 3 a.m., they know the annoyance of trying to figure out which one, getting a ladder and replacing the battery just to lose out on sleep. Mayor Christian Price is all too familiar with the issue, and has christened January 2020 as smoke alarm replacement month in Maricopa in partnership with the Maricopa Fire Department.
The proclamation was made during Tuesday night’s council meeting, and came at the perfect opportunity, as smoke alarms need to be replaced about once every 10 years, according to Deputy Chief of the Maricopa Fire Department Brad Pitassi.
“2020 is a great year to reset,” Pitassi said. “We have smoke alarms that are available that have 10-year batteries. Pop ‘em in there this year, put a reminder for the next decade in 2030, and go ahead and do it again.”