When setting clocks forward an hour this Sunday, March 11 to mark the start of daylight saving time, some Fire Departments recommend to also change the batteries in your home smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. The NFPA provides the following guidelines for smoke alarms:
Most Fire Departments also reminds citizens of the following safety precautions:
• Install a smoke alarm on every level of the home
• Ensure smoke alarms are clean and free of dust
• Dial 911 in case of any emergency
Check if your Fire Department provides battery-powered smoke alarms free of charge for senior citizens and residents in need.
Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips
Now that you are done, you are ready for spring!