With Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, it is time to set your clocks ahead one hour and replace the batteries in your detectors.
The Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department has a few tips to ensure your safety during Daylight Saving Time.
- After you replace your batteries, hit the test button to make sure it is working. If it is not, you may need a new smoke detector.
- Be sure to also check the manufacture date on both your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Depending upon the manufacturer, detectors can last anywhere from five to ten years.
- If you are renting a house or apartment, it is the landlords' obligation to make sure the smoke detectors are working. However, as a renter, you have an obligation to 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 detector.
- It is also a good idea to prepare and practice an escape plan! Plan where to meet outside. And, once you’re out, Stay out!
Remember, almost every day a smoke alarm saves somebody’s life.