With Daylight saving time ending at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7, it is time to set your clocks back one hour and check the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms.
Maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is one of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce injury and death caused by a fire. The Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department has a few tips to ensure your safety during daylight saving time as we "fall back" one hour.
- Check the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms with removable batteries.
- If you do replace your batteries, hit the test button to make sure it is working. If it is not, you may need a new smoke alarm.
- Be sure to also check the manufacture date on both your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Depending on the manufacture, alarms can last anywhere from five to ten years.
- Have a fire escape plan in place for your entire family.
- If you are renting a house or apartment, the landlords should make sure the smoke alarms are working. However, as a renter, you should ensure they are working too. If you are a renter and you move into an unoccupied space, it is now your responsibility to maintain the smoke alarms.
If you need assistance changing the batteries in your smoke alarms, please call the Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department at (515) 276-5182.
Tips to install and maintain smoke alarms.