Spring your clocks ahead Sunday, change your smoke alarm batteries

Daylight Saving Time an Opportunity to Check on Smoke, Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Reminder: Change clock and check alarm batteries this weekend

Daylight saving time will begin at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11, and IN residents are being encouraged to include changing their smoke alarm batteries when changing their clocks forward an hour.

Thomasville Fire Rescue said this weekend is the ideal time to change batteries and test your smoke detectors.

The association says that three of every five deaths attributed to a fire occur in homes without working smoke alarms.

Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, when clocks "spring" forward one hour.

You are asked to test your smoke alarms every month and replace batteries at least once a year.

Anyone can walk into a store and purchase a smoke alarm for as little as $10.

Look at the back of the alarm for the date of the manufacture.

Install smoke alarms. If someone doesn't have smoke alarms, install them. Never borrow a battery from a smoke alarm to use somewhere else. Now, thanks to the participation of residents all across America, and the dedication of more than 6,000 Fire Departments, home fire deaths continue to be on the decline.

Smoke alarms aren't effective if they aren't working properly.

Ohioans shouldn't just move their clocks forward one hour this Sunday. Second homeowners, for example, could choose to test on the Fourth of July and Christmas if that's easier for them to remember.

The chance of surviving a household fire is doubled in homes with working smoke alarms. In addition, Ohioans are encouraged to develop an escape plan with two ways out and make sure every family member knows what to do and where to meet outside if the smoke alarm sounds. If that alarm chirps, replace only the battery. "If you have a two bedroom home we'll put in two detectors in the rooms and one in the hallway", says Guetschow. So far this year, Red Cross volunteers have responded to more than 12,500 home fires, and tragically, in some of these cases, lives have been lost.

Courtesy of the State Fire Marshal's website.

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