With the clocks about to spring forward an hour, the Forsyth County Fire Department is reminding residents to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Daylight savings time, which is Sunday, March 12 at 2 a.m., is always a good time to change batteries, according to Division Chief Barry Head, a spokesman for the fire department.
“It’s important to ensure they’re working properly so the alarms notify residents if there is a fire or [gas] leak,” he said. “It’s a good time to change the batteries when the time changes because it gets you in the habit of remembering.”
Even if the alarms are working, Head suggested replacing batteries every six to 12 months and testing alarms once a month by pressing the test button.
Before changing the batteries, residents should review manufacturer recommendations to ensure proper use.
The units themselves should also be changed every seven to 10 years.
“The only smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that can help save a life are those that are functioning properly,” Chief Danny Bowman said. “We encourage everyone to take a few minutes to check the alarms in their homes and ensure they are in full working order.”
Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home and should be cleaned and free of dust.
The fire department always recommends calling 911 in the case of an emergency.
The department’s Public Safety Education Division provides battery-powered smoke alarms free of charge for senior citizens and residents in need.
For more information, call the department at (770) 205-5699 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.