Check Your Smoke Detectors on Daylight Saving Day
Summertime This weekend officially begins at 2 am on Sunday, March 8th. While your phones and computers automatically “jump” an hour earlier, you still need to check your stoves. Microwaves and above all your smoke alarms – at least according to security experts.
The twice a year when we change our watches also serves as a valuable reminder to change the batteries in our Fire alarm. According to a survey of over 1,000 people conducted by, only 57% of Americans have followed good practice in the past six months of ServiceMaster recovery.
If you walk around your house on Sunday, replace the batteries in each detector, says disaster recovery expert Peter Duncanson. Bonus: If you do it now, the intentionally annoying “chirping” will be presented later.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Lift, rotate, or remove the cover. (In some cases, the entire alarm is triggered from a base.)
- Replace the battery with a brand new one. Most machines use 9 volt batteries.
- Close the detector and snap it back into place.
- Press the test button to make sure it works. You should hear a beep or chirp.
Also, pay attention to the date of manufacture stated on the device. Smoke detectors lose their effectiveness after 10 years and must be replaced just like carbon monoxide alarms. Upgrade to the newer lithium battery smoke detectors and you don’t have to worry about replacing the batteries for up to a decade.
To keep your home as safe as possible, use interconnected smoke alarms so that when they sound, everyone sounds. At a minimum, make sure that smoke detectors are installed in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on every level of the house (including the basement) National Fire Protection Association recommends.
Monitoring your home’s security measures is more important today than ever. The average time to escape a house fire is gone from 17 minutes to just three minutes or less in recent decades due to the increased use of plastics in furniture and house building, according to the safety organization UL.
Also, don’t forget to check your fire extinguisher for signs of corrosion, missing pull pins and / or changes to the pressure gauge. It is always a good idea to have a working one on hand – especially if you try Roast a giant glazed ham for Easter.