Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries
Daylight saving time begins Sunday.
Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10. 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.
“Working smoke alarms could give you valuable seconds if you experience a fire,” Fire Marshal Tommy Gregory said. “A fire could leave you as little as three minutes to escape safely. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas. We hope you don’t ever have to use them; maintaining these tools will ensure they’re there for you if you do.”
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 a 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 be properly detected.
In addition to having properly-working alarms, make sure you and your family have a well-established escape plan with two ways out. A home escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced is essential to your chances of survival.
For more information from the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) on smoke alarms, visit https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Smoke-alarms and carbon monoxide alarms https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Fire-and-life-safety-equipment/Carbon-monoxide.
If you have questions or need assistance ensuring that your home is properly protected with working smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, please contact the Chapel Hill Fire Department at 919-968-2781 or email@example.com.