Changing clocks and batteries

Published 7:52 pm Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Nothing is more awkward then arriving to events an hour early, but that often happens with the end of Daylight Savings Time every fall. It’s ending this Sunday at 2 a.m., so make sure to turn back your clocks Saturday night and while you’re at it, change your smoke detector batteries.

The Georgia Arson Control Program is urging everyone to change their batteries with the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” fire safety program sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, according to a press release.

It’s a good idea to periodically check fire alarms in your residence. Some detectors may have older batteries than others or multiple could be off simultaneously.

According to the press release, 106 residential fires occurred in Georgia last year and 96 of those homes affected did not have a working smoke alarm. This year three out of the 69 structure fires in homes that have occurred did not have a working smoke alarm.

Working smoke detectors are one of the most important components of fire safety. Now would also be a good time to install smoke detectors if there aren’t many in your homes

According to the U.S. Fire Administration’s website, smoke alarms should be place in and out of each bedroom and sleeping area. They should also be interconnected.

Additionally, smoke alarm batteries should be tested monthly. Nine-volt batteries should be replaced at least once every year. 10-year lithium batteries cannot be replaced, but the entire smoke alarm should be changed according to the manufacturer’s instructions, according to the U.S. Fire Administration’s website.

For smoke alarms hardwired into your home’s electrical system, replace the backup battery at least once every year and the entire alarm every ten years, according to the website.

Make sure to never disable a smoke alarm or remove a battery because it went off at an inconvenient time, the fire administrations website said.

Smoke detectors are meant to save lives, not endanger them.