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As Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday ‘Fall Back’ One Hour, Change is Good Time To Check Smoke Detectors

imagesBy Jesse Wood

Oct. 29, 2014. Daylight savings time ends on Sunday, Nov. 2.

At 2 a.m. on Sunday, clocks will “fall back” one hour to 1 a.m. to local standard time.

This means more sunlight in the morning, and hopefully a little bit will be left by the time you get off of work.

Check Your Smoke Detectors

In addition setting your clocks back, the Boone Professional Firefighters Association encourages residents in Watauga County to replace the batteries in smoke detectors inside your house this weekend.

Once a year, the National Fire Protection Association recommends changing batteries in smoke detectors, so why not do it as daylight savings time comes to a close? In a public service announcement from the local firefighters association, the NFPA recommends the following when testing smoke detectors:

  • Smoke alarms should be maintained according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning to keep smoke alarms working well. The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet.
  • Smoke alarms with non-replaceable 10-year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
  • Smoke alarms with any other type of battery need a new battery at least once a year. If that alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
  • When replacing a battery, follow manufacturer’s list of batteries on the back of the alarm or manufacturer’s instructions. Manufacturer’s instructions are specific to the batteries (brand and model) that must be used. The smoke alarm may not work properly if a different kind of battery is used.