Did you “fall back” this weekend? Did you change the batteries in all Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms?
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.
3 QUICK TIPS
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.