Change your clocks, change your batteries
Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue wants to remind residents that as they change their clocks to Daylight Savings Time this weekend, don’t forget to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon-monoxide detectors.
“Smoke detectors are your first line of defense in case a fire occurs in your home,” said Lake Dillon Fire Chief Jeff Berino. “They have been proven time and again to save lives, and now is the time to ensure they are working properly. The biennial changing of the clocks is a great ‘string around your finger’ to replace the batteries.”
The annual return to Daylight Savings Time requires changing clocks ahead one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Residents and rental-property owners also should replace the batteries in carbon-monoxide detectors and ensure they are working properly, too.
And property owners should make sure that all external heating vents and exterior gas meters also are kept clear of snow to avoid problems.
In addition to changing your smoke alarm batteries this weekend, the U.S. Fire Administration recommends following these simple steps to protect your life, your loved ones, and your home:
- Dust or vacuum smoke alarms when you change the batteries.
- Test alarms once a month using the test button.
- Replace the entire alarm if it’s more than 10 years old or doesn’t work properly when tested.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
- Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout your home so that when one sounds, they all sound. Interconnected alarms are available at most stores that sell smoke alarms.
- Make sure everyone in your home understands the warning of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
- Finally, prepare and practice an escape plan so that you and your loved ones can get out of your home safely should there be a fire. Plan to meet in a place a safe distance from the fire and where first responders can easily see you.