Daylight Saving Time is coming up this weekend and the National Fire Protection Association says it's the perfect time to test your smoke alarms.
The association says about two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or non-functioning alarms. They say the twice-a-year time changes are the perfect time to test alarms in your home and replace batteries.
NFPA also offers the following tips for general smoke alarm maintenance:
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using thetest button.
- Make sure everyone in the home understands thesound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 yearsold.
- Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn'trespond properly when tested.
- Smoke alarms with nonreplaceable (long-life)batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarmchirps, a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm rightaway.
- For smoke alarms with any other type of battery,replace batteries at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only thebattery.
To learn more, go to the NFPA website.
Daylight Saving Time will take place at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 9.