This Sunday clocks will spring forward one hour for daylight saving time, and fire officials from Forsyth County are saying that this annual shift is the perfect time to take a few minutes to change batteries and ensure safety in the home.
Daylight saving time occurs at 2 a.m. this Sunday, when clocks spring forward one hour to 3 a.m.
A press release by the Forsyth County Government said that the Forsyth County Fire Department suggests that batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be changed every six to 12 months.
“An easy way to remember when it’s time to change batteries in both devices is to associate it with changing clocks for daylight saving time,” said Division Chief Jason Shivers of the Forsyth County Fire Department.
“Simply taking a few minutes twice a year to replace batteries and test alarms could be a life saver for families, so we encourage everyone to ensure their alarms are in full working order,” he said.
The release also said that alarms should be tested once a month by pressing the “test” button, and that the fire department recommends there be a smoke alarm in each level of the home.
Shivers said that anyone needing assistance in changing batteries or for other questions relating to home safety can reach the public education division of the Forsyth County Fire Department by calling (770) 205-5699 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
He added that the department has some alarms available for anyone financially unable to afford one.
“We want to make sure that everyone in our community is safe, protected and has adequate monitoring within their homes,” he said.