Spring Forward: Daylight Saving

When clocks change for daylight saving, change smoke detector batteries

This weekend, we change our clocks as daylight saving time comes to an end and we spring forward.

But fire departments across the country are once again reminding everyone to check your smoke detectors and change the device’s batteries.

Firefighters in California said that most deadly fires happen at night and that smoke alarms give families an early warning. They add that that smoke detectors should be in hallways that lead to sleeping areas, basements and on every level of homes.

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But where exactly should they be mounted? If they’re on the ceiling, they should be four inches from a wall. On a wall, they should be four inches to a foot away from the ceiling.

And they should be checked at least twice a year, with the beginning and ending of daylight saving acting as a good reminder of the task.

They also say that families should have an escape plan, including a place to meet outside of the home, in case of fire, and to practice the plan.

Energizer and the International Associated of Fire Chiefs work together every year to remind people to check smoke alarms and detectors, the “Today” show reported.

They also say don’t forget about carbon monoxide detectors and any other safety devices this weekend, “Today” reported.

The IAFC also says consider replacing devices that are older than 10 years old, “Today” reported.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 09: The clock in the National Statuary Hall shows midnight at the U.S. Capitol February 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Despite attempts by Republicans and Democrats to strike a deal to avoid a government shutdown, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) forced the Senate to delay a vote and force the federal government into a partial shutdown. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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