Traditionally, Daylight Saving Time means changing your clock AND changing the batteries for your smoke detectors. Included among important chores for maintaining household safety is proper smoke detector upkeep – testing your alarm and changing the batteries. In addition, you should replace your smoke detectors every 10 years to ensure that they function properly.
Normally, local fire departments offer free smoke detectors and installation around the same time as Daylight Saving Time changes as a safety initiative. However, this year, most fire departments have opted to cancel the program due to the COVID pandemic. Contact your local fire department and ask whether the initiative will be in effect this year. If you are not a DC homeowner, check with your local department to see if they offer similar programs.
The U.S Fire Administration Division of FEMA offers helpful safety guidelines for fire prevention:
We encourage our readers to practice safe maintenance for their smoke detectors. The lives of your family members may depend on it.Tagged fire safety, smoke detector