With daylight savings time beginning Sunday at 2 a.m., the St. John's Regional Fire Department is reminding residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when they move their clocks ahead one hour.
"Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors add layers of lifesaving protection for families and homes from the dangers posed by fire and carbon monoxide," the fire department says in a news release issued today. "When daylight savings time arrives, changing the batteries and testing these devices is a great way to ensure they are functioning properly and families are fully protected in the event of an emergency."
Carbon monoxide detectors are recommended if oil, propane or wood appliances are being used in the home.
The fire department says batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be changed twice a year and tested monthly by pressing the test button on the front of the alarm cover.
It recommends installing a smoke alarm on every entry level of a home, including the basement. There should also be one in every bedroom and outside sleeping areas.
Smoke alarms should be replaced with new ones every 10 years and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every five years.
The manufacturer’s instructions for installation should be followed and any detectors that malfunction should be replaced immediately.
The fire department also recommends planning and practising a home escape in the event of an emergency, with a designated safe meeting place outside.