Don’t forget to check your smoke alarms and CO detectors now that you’ve set your clocks ahead again.
Carol Henke, the public information officer with the Calgary Fire Department said working smoke alarms save lives.
“Batteries, we recommend that you change them at least once a year,” Henke said. “Historically, we’ve said when we change the clocks forward or backwards, but once a year minimum. Or if they start chirping, which means they are low on batteries.”
Henke says it’s just a good habit to check all three things, your clocks and detectors, when the time change rolls around.
She added batteries should be replaced in your smoke alarms at least once a year.
Henke also said Daylight Savings Time is also a good time to review an escape plan in case of a fire.
“It’s really important for everyone to know what the smoke alarm sounds like, and what to do when you hear (it),” Henke explained. “So not only having working smoke alarms in your home, but practicing a home escape plan twice a year (is important).”
Henke added that the entire device, not just the battery, should be replaced every ten years.