When you 'spring forward' this weekend, change your smoke alarm batteries, too

Daylight Saving Time an Opportunity to Check on Smoke, Carbon Monoxide Detectors

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to take the time to check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting clocks forward one hour this Sunday night, March 11th, 2018.

"We encourage everyone to take a few minutes while they are adjusting their clocks this weekend to replace your smoke alarm batteries and push the test button to make sure your alarms are working", said Joshua Joachim, regional chief executive for the Louisiana Red Cross. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

The Firemen's Association of the State of NY urges all residents to take this opportunity check their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure their homes are properly protected.

If the manufacture date is more than 10 years old, it is recommended that the smoke alarm be replaced.

For more on smoke alarm safety, check out NFPA's smoke alarm safety tip sheet, and new 9-volt battery tip sheet, which explains the importance of storing and disposing of batteries with care to avoid a fire hazard. Most victims of fires die from smoke or toxic gases and not from burns. Alarms are usually good for about 10 years.

Smoking is the leading cause of fire-related deaths, and cooking is the primary cause of residential fires, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Sehlmeyer urges Michiganders to ensure family members, friends and neighbors over age 60 have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes.

"Every other month or so to make sure you're getting that positive beep and that nobody's tampered with it, and make sure they're free of dust or cobwebs so that they still activate", said Drouard.

If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the battery.

Keep in mind to test alarms once a month by pushing the test button.

At 2:00 a.m. Sunday, it will become 3:00 a.m., because it's time to spring forward. When one sounds, they all sound.

They also say that families should have an escape plan, including a place to meet outside of the home, in case of fire, and to practice the plan.

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