It’s Time to Set Clocks and Change Batteries
Daylight saving time for this year begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10. As you set your clocks ahead one hour, remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Did you know that having a working smoke alarm reduces a person’s chance of dying in a fire by half?
For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Smoke alarms should be mounted high on walls or ceilings and tested monthly.
It’s important to replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, unless they’re 10-year lithium batteries. Even if your smoke alarms are hardwired, replace the batteries in case of a chirping sound or a power outage.
Reminder: Smoke alarms do not last forever. The maximum life span is 8-10 years. After that time, the entire unit should be replaced. If the unit does not respond properly when tested, it should be replaced immediately.