It’s time to Spring forward this Sunday, March 12th, at 2am as it will be the start of daylight savings time. Clocks should be set one hour ahead.
In addition to moving your clocks ahead one hour it is also recommended to check your smoke detectors in your residence. Smoke detectors should be checked every six months to ensure they are working properly.
Checking a smoke detector is simple as there are three detectors used mainly in homes and businesses. Those are: battery operated, lithium battery operated, and hardwired smoke detectors.
To check your smoke detector, simply remove the plastic cap, replace the battery (most are 9-volts), and proceed to push the test button. If the alarm goes off, the detector is working.
If you believe your smoke detector is 10 years old or older, it is strongly recommended to replace the detector entirely as most have a useful life of 10 years.
Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in buildings that don’t have functioning smoke detectors.