We have teamed up with Domino's Pizza yet again to deliver a special message to customers this daylight saving time: remember to change your smoke alarm batteries when you change your clocks. Daylight saving time is a great time to remember to change your smoke alarm batteries after you set your clocks ahead. This small step is an easy one and it can help save lives.
Having working smoke alarms reduces the risk of dying in a fire in half. On average, three out of every five home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38 percent) or no working smoke alarms (21 percent).
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
- For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
Test smoke alarms once a month by pushing the test button.
- Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
- For smoke alarms that don't have non-replaceable (long-life) batteries, replace the batteries at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.
- Be sure the smoke alarm includes the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
- Develop and practice a home escape plan with all members of the household.