When you change your clocks, change your smoke alarm batteries this weekend
Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 12. When you set your clocks forward one hour, it’s a good time to put fresh batteries in your home smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than half of all home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Simple home fire safety tips:
- When you change your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This can help save your family’s lives.
- Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly to make sure they are working.
- Have at least one working smoke alarm on each level of your home. Minnesota law requires every home to have at least one smoke alarm per level. In new construction, a smoke alarm must be installed in each sleeping room and in a point centrally located in the corridor. These alarms must be interconnected.
- Plan, discuss and practice an escape route with your family for dangerous situations such as home fires, carbon monoxide leaks and natural disasters.
- Do not ignore the chirping sound your smoke alarm makes; it means that the battery or the detector itself needs replacing.
Carbon monoxide detectors are not substitutes for smoke alarms and should be placed within 10 feet of every bedroom.
Published Mar 10, 2017