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Change Smoke Alarm Batteries When Changing Clocks This Weekend

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FirstAlertIt’s time to change your clocks ahead one hour this Sunday at Daylight Savings Time. A common safety practice that goes hand-in-hand with springing forward is to also change your batteries in your smoke alarms at the same time.

“The annual change from Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time is a good reminder to make sure your smoke alarms are working and have new batteries,” said Indiana State Fire Marshal James Greeson in a press release. “There’s no question that working smoke alarms save lives.”

Greeson urges to have at least one working smoke detector. The best advice is to have a smoke alarm outside of each sleeping area. At the minimum, there should be one alarm on each floor of the home, including the basement. Here are more tips to consider:

  • Test all smoke alarms every month to ensure they are working properly;
  • Purchase long-life smoke alarms with lithium-powered batteries. Regular batteries should be changed at least once a year, preferably twice.
  • Replace any smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old;
  • Occasionally remove any dust from the front of the smoke alarm;
  • Devise a family escape plan and practice it at least every six months. Plans should include at least two different ways each family member could escape various parts of the house. Designate a special place outside of the home where family members are to meet after escaping a fire; and
  • For those renting a home or apartment, it is the landlord’s responsibility to have at least one working smoke alarm and it’s the law.

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 9, at 2 a.m. when clocks should “spring forward” one hour.

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