- We want to remind you to not only change our clocks back on Sunday but also to change your smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries. Sunday, November 5 at 2am is the official start time. Everyone needs to remember to set their clocks back one hour and "fall back" to daylight saving time.
Everyone should also adopt the habit of changing the batteries in fire and carbon monoxide alarms along with setting your clocks back. There should be a smoke alarm on every level of the home including your basement and in every bedroom or sleeping area. Sunday when you change your clock change the batteries in your smoke alarms.
National Fire Protection Association recommend the following:
• Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. • Replace batteries once a year or when they begin to chirp, signaling that they’re running low. • Equip your home with multiple smoke alarms in all the bedrooms, outside of each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. • For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms so when one sounds they all sound. • Hardwired smoke alarms are more reliable than those powered solely by batteries. • Buy newer models of smoke alarms with lithium batteries that will last the life of the unit. • Replace all smoke alarms at least every 10 years, or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested. • Choose alarms that bear the label of a recognized testing laboratory. For a list of nationally recognized testing laboratories go to: https://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/nrtllist.html Carbon monoxide alarms are also very important safety equipment in your home. Carbon monoxide is the invisible killer because you cannot see or smell the gas, it can come from a variety of sources, and can quickly incapacitate and kill people. Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed on every level of a home and outside sleeping areas. Carbon monoxide alarms need fresh batteries at least once every year, unless they are powered by sealed, 10-year batteries. Carbon monoxide alarms should be tested once a month to make sure they are in working order.
Remember... replacing the batteries in your smoke and Co detectors could save your life or the life of someone you love.