Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

The Fire Department recommends changing your smoke detector batteries twice a year. A best practice is to change the batteries when you change your clock for Daylight Savings.

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It’s Time To Change Your Clock Change Your Battery

Daylight Saving ends November 6th.  Hard to believe it’s that time of year again!. I’m definitely not looking forward to having it get dark earlier, it’s just so depressing!  I love setting my lights to turn on before I get home and programming the thermostat to go up so it’s more inviting and cozy.

Home safety and security has evolved beyond smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Smart devices that keep us safe, secure and comfortable at home are only as good as the batteries that power them. The International Association of Fire Chiefs are encouraging everyone to take time to make home safety a priority.

Despite the fact that an increasing number of homes have smoke alarms and smoke detectors, the National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries.  Unfortunately, many people, once they have a false alarm due to something burning on the stove, disconnect the alarm and never reconnect it.  Or how many times have you had a smoke detector chirping that the battery’s about to die and rather than changing it then and there you simply disconnect it?
Simply having a working smoke detector and CO detector can make the difference in avoiding a tragedy.  This year thermowhen you set your clock back for daylight saving time, use the extra hour to take a lifesaving action – change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, along with all of your home safety devices. This includes connected home devices, flashlights and other critical battery-operated devices. 

And while you’re at it, take the time to practice your fire escape plan.  While many of us put a plan together, very rarely do we actually practice it.  Get your kids involved in creating the plan and discussing a meeting place away from your home.  Also remind them never to go back into your house for any reason if there’s a fire.

This winter keep it cozy and safe for your entire family!

Posted on: Nov 4, 2016 - 8:54 AM
Last modified on: Nov 18, 2016 - 9:37 AM

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