The spring ahead clock change this Sunday to daylight saving time serves as a reminder to change the alkaline batteries in both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. 60 percent of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. The best way to survive a home fire is to have working smoking alarms. When a smoke alarm is activated you may only have one to three minutes to escape before the dwelling is filled with deadly smoke.
We also recommend changing batteries of alarms/detectors in the homes of elderly parents or neighbors. Older adults—those over 65 years of age—represent one of the highest fire risk groups in the United States.
Please note that the National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries, making it important to replace the batteries and test alarms monthly. These two best management practices is an easy way to make sure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and will do their job in the event of an emergency.
Daylight Saving Time occurs at 2 a.m Sunday Mar, 10 and continues until Nov. 3. People are recommended to move their clocks up one hour before they go to bed Saturday night.
Note: Prevent a 9-Volt Battery Fire Hazard by keeping the battery terminals covered at all times when the batteries are not in use including disposal.