According to Capt. Sean Fredenhagen of the Anchorage Fire Department, residents going on vacation this summer should follow a few tips. First, they should ensure that their carbon monoxide detectors are working, a task that the captain says should be conducted monthly. Batteries should be replaced twice a year, while smoke alarms should also be checked regularly. Fredenhagen says fire extinguishers should only be used to contain fires after calling 911 and if the fire is small enough to be contained. Home security is another important area to consider before leaving for the summer, and the Anchorage Police Department advises residents to keep their homes locked, even when there is someone there to reduce the likelihood of trespassers. The APD advises residents to keep doors locked and to install motion sensor lights, as well as timed interior lights. | Read More