When clocks change for daylight saving, change smoke detector batteries

Volunteers are needed to install smoke alarms during a March 24 event on the Island

Officials said turning our clocks forward as Daylight Saving Time begins provides the flawless opportunity to check those smoke detectors.

March 10, residents will be setting their clocks ahead one hour before going to bed for the start of Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m. March 11.

But fire departments across the country are once again reminding everyone to check your smoke detectors and change the device's batteries.

Smoke alarm hardwired into your home's electrical system: Test the alarm each month. Replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years. "If you have a two bedroom home we'll put in two detectors in the rooms and one in the hallway", says Guetschow.

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You should check them every month to make sure the batteries are good and you should change the batteries every 6 months. A working smoke alarm can double the chances of survival by increasing the amount of time a person has to escape a fire in their home.

Barritt emphasizes that if a person has any questions about their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to contact the fire department.

Teams making visits to homes will share fire safety and preparedness information and install smoke alarms in homes as requested. If the alarm chirps, a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.

Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn't respond properly when tested.

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