Daylight Savings Time Ends This Weekend!
The official end of Daylight Savings Time is this weekend, on Saturday, November 5 at 2 a.m. Since this is an annual event, it is a good practice to include checking your smoke detectors as you prepare for the colder, darker months ahead. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, 3 out of 5 home fires resulting in a death did not have working smoke detectors. The following should be included in your annual check list:
- Change the batteries:
- Note: Hardwired detectors also have a backup battery that should be changed. If you lose power, the alarm will not work without the battery.
- Smoke detectors have an expiration date:
- Check the manufacturer’s date on your smoke detector. Smoke alarms can begin to lose their sensitivity after about 10 years.
- Test the smoke sensors:
- Pressing the test button will confirm if the battery and audible alarm is working. However, it will not confirm that the smoke sensor is working.
- To test the sensors, use smoke alarm test spray which simulates smoke. However, after 10 years, it is still a good idea to upgrade to the newer models.
- Do you have enough?
- Smoke detectors should be on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.