Check Your Smoke Alarms When You Spring Forward
As Americans prepare to set their clocks ahead one hour for daylight saving time this weekend, it's worth noting that it's also a prime opportunity to ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.
According to the American Red Cross of Northern Nevada, home fires are the most common disaster they respond to, but smoke alarms can reduce the risk of death by 50%. However, people often forget to test their alarms frequently or replace them when they're past their prime.
To prevent such situations, the Green Bay Metro Fire Department advises changing the batteries and testing your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at least twice a year. If your alarms come with non-replaceable 10-year batteries, replace the entire unit if it's more than a decade old.
To ensure comprehensive coverage, smoke alarms must be installed on every floor of your home, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area. Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed on every floor of your home and near each sleeping area.
Apart from checking your alarms, it's crucial to have an escape plan in case of fire. Ensure everyone in the household knows how to exit each room and where to meet outside. Practicing your plan at least twice a year is also essential.
By following these simple steps, you can safeguard yourself and your loved ones against home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Remember: when you spring forward, check your alarms!