On Sunday, March 12, daylight savings time returns at 2 a.m., so get ready to put your clocks forward.
White Rock Fire Rescue recommends using daylight savings time as a reminder to test the batteries in your in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Working smoke alarms provide an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape. This is particularly important for those most at risk in a home fire, such as children and seniors.
- Test your smoke alarm(s) at least once a month using the “test button”.
- Smoke alarms with non-replaceable 10-year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
- Smoke alarms with any other type of battery need a new battery at least once a year. If that alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
- When replacing a battery, follow the manufacturer’s list of batteries on the back of the alarm or the manufacturer’s instructions. The manufacturer’s instructions are specific to the batteries (brand and model) that must be used. The smoke alarm may not work properly if a different kind of battery is used.
- Smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years and carbon monoxide detectors after five years. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation. If the units malfunction, replace them immediately.
- Install a smoke detector on every level of your home, including the basement. In addition, there should be one in every bedroom and outside sleeping areas.
- Make sure your family has an emergency escape plan in place. Practice the escape plan every six months.
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