The official “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries” campaign focuses on changing the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms when you change your clocks forward this Sunday.
I know life can be busy and the “honey-do” list can be difficult to get to (you should see my list), but forgetting to change a light bulb will not risk your life like forgetting to change the batteries in your smoke alarms will.
So just in case you forgot last fall, please change the batteries in your smoke alarms this Sunday because having a working smoke alarm is the most effective form of protection against the deadly effects of smoke and fire in your home.
It is also important to remember that smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years. So if you haven’t replaced your smoke alarms since you got married 10 years ago, or you built your house 10 years ago, or your 10 year-old child was born, please replace all the smoke alarms in your house and remember:
- The most effective smoke alarms use a combination of ionization and photoelectric technology.
- Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms once a month.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms at least once a year.