Change Your Clocks-Change Your Batteries
Daylight saving time will begin at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 12. The Chapel Hill Fire Department reminds all residents to take the time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors when you change your clocks.
Smoke alarms are powered by either a battery or hardwired into your home’s electrical system. Choosing an annual date, such as time change, is great way to remember to test your smoke alarm. Check the manufacturer’s expiration date on the label, replace the batteries if they are more than one year old, and clean dust away from the slots so smoke can travel freely.
Working alarms significantly increase your chance of surviving a deadly home fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. Properly installed and maintained alarms are one of the things in your home that can alert you and your family 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you are awake or asleep, working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are constantly on alert scanning the air for hazards.
In addition to having properly working alarms, make sure you and your family have a well-established escape plan. Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from alarms. A home escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced is essential to your chances of survival.
If you have questions or need assistance ensuring that your home is properly protected with working smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, you are encouraged to contact the Chapel Hill Fire Department.