Daylight Saving Time ends this Saturday night October 31st.
In this digital electronic age, you may not have many clocks to “change” on Sunday November 1st, but it’s still time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in nearly a quarter of home structure fire deaths, a smoke alarm was present but didn’t function properly. A detector’s batteries should be replaced roughly twice a year, which is why the beginning and end of daylight saving time in March and November present the perfect opportunity to check them. In addition to changing your batteries when you change your clocks, the NFPA also recommends testing your smoke alarms at least once a month and replacing them completely after 10 years.
According to NFPA most deadly home fires occur at night. To make sure you’ll be able to hear the alarm go off when you’re asleep, they recommend installing one in each bedroom and the hallways that lead to them. After gaining an hour of sleep this weekend, this is the perfect time to perform this potentially life saving function. It’s is one item on your checklist you can’t afford to ignore.