Check your smoke alarms when you change your clocks

This Sunday, November 3 at 2:00am, the clocks will “fall back” to 1:00am as Daylight Savings Time ends. Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services reminds you to change the batteries in your smoke alarms when you change your clocks!

As a rule, your alarms should be checked at least monthly, and the batteries changed out twice a year. Every year, nearly 3,000 people die in house fires. Two-thirds of the fire fatalities had no smoke alarms or the smoke alarm was not operational in the home. Having an operational smoke alarm in your home should be your number one priority when it comes to protecting your family from an unforeseen tragedy. Making sure the smoke alarm has a fully charged battery is the best way to ensure that everyone has a chance to make it out of a burning structure in the event of a fire.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, working smoke alarms increase the chance of surviving a home fire by 50 percent. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home, including basements and at the top of staircase landings. These areas give you the earliest alert about a possible fire in your home.

No smoke alarm should be used if it is more than 10 years old. Smoke alarms have manufacture dates printed on them, so replace the unit based on the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Take a few extra minutes to protect your family when you change your clocks throughout the year and change those smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries. For more information about smoke alarm safety, read the Safety 411 article here.