FORSYTH COUNTY -- As residents set their clocks forward for daylight saving time Saturday night, the Forsyth County Fire Department also recommends changing the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
“Replacing the batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms throughout your house twice each year is a simple task that could potentially prove lifesaving,” said Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers.
“A convenient way to remember to do so is by changing these batteries at the same time as you change the clocks in your home. At an absolute minimum smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries should be changed annually.”
The department recommends testing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month. Residents should consult the recommendations of the unit manufacturer regarding battery replacement.
The units themselves should be replaced every seven to 10 years, Shivers said. The department also recommends installing smoke alarms on every level of a home and ensuring they’re clean and free of dust.
“The critical need for working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms throughout every level of a home cannot be stressed enough,” said Fire Chief Danny Bowman. “It is important to remember that you have no sense of smell when you are asleep, so smoke alarms are your only hope of being alerted to a fire.”
The department’s public safety education division provides free battery-powered smoke alarms to senior citizens and residents in need.
For more information on the program, call (770) 781-2180.