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Change a clock, change a battery on Daylight Saving Time
 

Reviewed By: Sarah Haverstick, Safe Children program manager (Last Updated: March 7, 2013)
  

It’s time to “spring forward,” when we set our clocks ahead one hour. While you’re at it, it’s a good time spring toward your smoke alarms to check and change the batteries.

Sarah Haverstick, Safe Children program manager, suggests that Daylight Saving Time is a good recurring occasion to change smoke detector batteries.

The most important part of fire prevention is having a working smoke alarm, which can reduce the chance of dying in a fire by half. That’s why smoke alarm batteries should be replaced at least once a year, unless they are 10-year lithium batteries. Even if your smoke alarms are hardwired, replace the batteries in case of a power outage, said Haverstick.

"When you change your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke alarms at the same time,” she said. “You already have to walk around the house to find all of those clocks. Just make another quick stop at the smoke alarms along the way.”

Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of your home, in every bedroom, and outside all sleeping areas. They should be tested monthly.

Safe Kids USA notes that if an alarm “chirps,” warning that the battery is low, you should replace the battery right away. Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hardwired alarms, when they are 10 years old or when they don’t respond properly when tested.

To learn more about fire safety, visit the Safe Kids website for fire prevention tips. You can also watch a video on how to test a smoke alarm.


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