Tip of the Week – March 8, 2017 - Spring Forward with Fresh Batteries in Your Smoke Alarms

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.  The CSLEA Foundation would like to remind you, when you change your clocks, it’s also a great time to change the batteries in the smoke alarms in your home.

“Smoke alarms save lives, there is no question,” said CSLEA Foundation Chairman Kenny Ehrman.  “Some statistics show we’ve done a great job of getting smoke alarms into every home, but residents aren’t doing a great job of keeping fresh, working batteries in them.  A non-working smoke alarm is like having no smoke alarm.  These alarms wake you, if you are sleeping, when a fire occurs, flames and smoke don’t.”

Be sure to have smoke alarms in each bedroom, hallways leading to bedrooms and on each level of your home.

  • Change the batteries when you change your clocks.
  • Have a fire escape plan and throw-out ladders for upper level rooms if necessary.
  • If escaping a smoke-filled room, stay low to the ground beneath the smoke.
  • It is recommended you replace smoke alarms every 10 years.