Fall back and change smoke and CO detector batteries.

Less Daylight, Check Your Smoke & CO Detectors

Because Daylight Saving Time comes like clockwork each year, it is a super easy way to remember to replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that 3 out of 5 home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke detectors. Replacing them timely can save a life.


1. Test batteries every Spring and Fall.

Though you can get longer-life batteries, it is always wise to do a check every spring and fall to make doubly sure that the detectors are working. Most batteries will need to be replaced at least every 6 months.

2. Test your alarms monthly.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors should be tested monthly to ensure they are working properly.

3. Replace alarms every 10 years.

The National Fire Protection Association advises to replace smoke detectors every 10 years. Detectors have a limited life span as they are constantly filtering the air in the home.

For this season’s Top 10 maintenance tips to stay ahead of the weather, check out the Winter Maintenance Checklist. For tips on utilizing the seasonal checklists for warmer climates, read HERE.

Fall Back and Be Safe!

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