Tick, tock! Sunday, November 1 marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. Use this opportunity to not only prepare your clocks to “fall back”, but also prepare your home for fire emergencies by changing the batteries in your smoke alarms.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), smoke alarms are essential to home fire safety and should be properly maintained. To promote fire safety in your home, remember to:
· Put smoke alarms on every floor of your home, including every bedroom and the hallway outside of each sleeping area;
· Test smoke alarms monthly;
· Change the smoke alarm battery at least once per year;
· Replace smoke alarms that are more than ten years old; and
· Develop a home fire escape plan so that everyone knows two ways out and knows a safe place to meet. Practice your plan twice per year.
To learn more about fire escape planning, check out this USFA public service announcement.