As we change our clocks to spring ahead for Daylight Savings Time (DST), it is important that we also change the batteries in our smoke detectors.
"The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries." In the event of a fire, the safety of you and your family is dependent on a properly functioning smoke detector. Smoke spreads quickly during a fire and smoke alarms provide you enough time to evacuate the home before the situation becomes too dangerous. Properly installed and maintained smoke detectors are key for effective fire prevention.
NFPA provides the following guidelines regarding smoke detectors:
For smoke alarms with replaceable batteries, a chirping or beeping sound will indicate that the batteries are low. It is best to adopt the habit of changing your batteries in the fall and spring, even if you have not heard a low battery alert. The NFPA tells us we should change our smoke alarm batteries twice a year, making DST the perfect reminder to change the time on all clocks and all smoke detector batteries.
To prepare for the upcoming time-change, verify that you have the correct batteries, both in size and quantity, to replace all smoke detectors in your home. Remember, smoke detectors save lives. Remind your friends and family to "change your clock, change your batteries."