Move Your Clocks Forward, Test Your Smoke Alarm

We'll all lose an hour of sleep when we turn the clocks forward on Sunday, March 10. And that's a great wake-up call to change (and test) our smoke alarm batteries. For the best protection (and peace of mind), install smoke alarms on every level of the home, outside every sleeping area and in every bedroom.

If batteries were recently changed, it's still very important to conduct your monthly test of your smoke alarms. It could save a life!

Did you know that having a working smoke alarm reduces a person's chance of dying in a fire by half?

Smoke alarms should be mounted high on walls or ceilings and tested monthly.

It's important to replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, unless they're 10-year lithium batteries. Even if your smoke alarms are hardwired, replace the batteries in case of a chirping sound or a power outage.

Reminder: Smoke alarms do not last forever. The maximum life span is 8-10 years. After that time, the entire unit should be replaced. If the unit does not respond properly when tested, it should be replaced immediately.

-- content provided by Safe Kids Worldwide

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