Daylight saving time, don’t forget – change your clocks change your batteries!
It not all about gaining or losing an hours sleep. Daylight saving time is a great time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. If you have hardwired electric models, consider replacing with ones which have a battery back up in the event the power goes out. For that matter, battery (only) operated units are fine too. In fact, using differing types of alarms and detectors are often a good idea as they can all work differently or under different conditions.
Remember to test your smoke alarms and CO detectors at least once a month. In Ontario, working CO detectors are now required by law in every home as are working smoke alarms. It’s important to point that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors have pre-set life spans, so be sure to replace them according to manufacturer’s specifications, generally this is every 5 to 10 years.
Where should you have them? We recommend you have at least one of each per level and per bedroom. Larger houses will require more.
Be safe – protect yourself, your loved ones and your prized possessions – when you change your clocks change your batteries!