Daylight savings time ends. Time to change smoke alarm batteries.

smoke alarm battery change

It’s that time of the year to change your clocks. Daylight savings ends on November 4 at 2:00 am. In contrast to spring, in the fall we change our clocks to go back one hour. If your reading this on Sunday November 4th or after, be sure your clocks and especially your alarm clocks reflect the correct time. Otherwise, your boss may be none to happy on Monday!

Whenever we change our clocks for Daylight savings time, it is a perfect milestone to remember to change other things in our home, specifically, our smoke alarms! Whether you have hard-wired smoke detectors or devices that work solely off battery power, daylight savings offers a great time to remember to change your batteries.

Most batteries have a limited life. However, batteries in most household devices give an indication of being at the end of their useful life. However, when it comes to smoke detectors, you may not notice they are beginning to fade. This is especially true with direct or hard-wired detectors that only utilize battery power during times of power failure.

It is extremely important to remember to change your batteries in all the smoke detectors in your home. These devices are the first line of defense for you and your family in the event of a fire.  If you don’t have smoke alarms in your home, get some. They are relatively inexpensive and do make a difference.

Gettum Associates recommends using long-lasting batteries, recommended for smoke detectors, in your devices. But, to be safe, most industry professionals advice to change your batteries at least twice a year and the daylight savings time changes offer perfect reminders.

Be safe everyone.

(photo courtesy of Doge County News)

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