Great reminder from FEMA:
You changed your clocks for Daylight Saving Time, but what about your smoke alarm? As you prepare to spring forward, don’t forget to “spring” the alarm by replacing its batteries. Smoke alarm batteries should be changed at least once a year to make sure it operates properly when you need it the most.
When fire breaks out, you only have seconds to escape its heat, black smoke and deadly gases. Increase your chances of survival by maintaining the smoke alarms in your home. Here are more tips for making your home safer:
- Place a smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside each bedroom. If you keep your bedroom doors closed, place a smoke alarm in each bedroom;
- Check smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button;
- Never disable a smoke alarm when cooking; and
- Smoke alarms wear out over time. Replace yours if it’s more than ten years old.