NFPA: Daylight Saving Time Perfect Time for Testing Smoke Alarms
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.