Daylight Savings Time officially begins at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning prompting the time-honored tradition of setting our clocks forward one hour before going to bed the night before.
Local fire protection districts encourage residents to participate in the â??Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteryâ?? campaign by installing a new battery in all home smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors when they set their clocks ahead. It would also be beneficial to change the batteries in your NOAA weather radio if you have one.
All batteries lose their effectiveness over time and having a fresh one in your home smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector is imperative.
Two out of every ten smoke detectors fail to operate because of dead or missing batteries. If a fire occurs, working smoke detectors cut the risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half by providing an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape.
Fire districts are promoting this campaign in response to an alarming increase in the number of home fire deaths despite the widespread use of smoke detectors.
Energizer Brand Batteries, the flagship brand of Eveready Battery Company, Inc., in cooperation with the International Association of Fire Chiefâ??s, created the campaign when they realized that smoke alarm neglect was not being addressed on a large scale and that a public education program was needed.
Smoke Detector Information:
Smoke Detector Locations â?? Experts recommend installing smoke detectors in the following areas:â?¢ Inside each bedroomâ?¢ In the main corridor outside each bedroom areaâ?¢ Above stairwells in the homeâ??s upper levels andâ?¢ On the ceiling at the bottom of a basement stairwell.
Placement â?? Ideally, smoke detectors should be installed in the middle of the Ceiling. As an alternative, smoke detectors can be mounted on the wall at least 3 feet from a corner and 4 to 6 inches from the ceiling. Keep them away from windows, air vents, and other sources of drafts.
Testing â?? Test your smoke detectors on the first day of each month in accordance with the manufacturerâ??s instructions.
Batteries â?? Replace batteries on smoke detectors once every six months, or once a year, based on the manufacturerâ??s instructions.
Cleaning â?? Clean all smoke detectors regularly by dusting or vacuuming them according to the manufacturerâ??s instructions.
Replacing Smoke Detectors â?? Smoke detectors do not last forever. Manufacturers typically suggest replacing them after 10 years of use.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors â?? Carbon Monoxide detectors should be place outside sleeping areas and on every level of the home. Carbon monoxide is colorless odorless gas and is often referred to as the â??silent killerâ??.