The days get longer, people get happier and your homes get safer.
That is what Daylight Savings Time means to everyone as the clocks are tabbed to go ahead on Sunday at 2 a.m.
That change means you get sunlight later into the day, but it also means you should check and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors.
The St. John’s Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) says working smoke alarms and CO detectors are an essential life safety tool and is urging all residents to follow a host of safety tips including switching out your batteries.
A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The SJRFD has compiled a list of safety tips essential to surviving a home fire. Those tips are as follows:
• For best protection, smoke alarms should be installed in all sleeping rooms, outside each sleeping area and on each level of the dwelling including basements.
• Once smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are installed and have fresh batteries, you should make sure family members, children in particular, know what the alarms and detectors sound like and what to do should they go off.
• After inserting a fresh battery in each smoke alarm, push the safety test button to make sure alarms are in proper working condition. Conduct this test monthly.
• If an alarm “chirps”, warning the battery is low, replace the battery immediately.
• Ensure your smoke alarms’ and carbon monoxide detectors’ sensitivity by cleaning them each month of dust and other particles.
• Replace smoke alarms that are 10 or more years old and five or more years for a carbon monoxide (CO) detector. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and should they malfunction, replace them immediately.
• Carbon monoxide (CO) detector shall be installed whenever oil, propane or wood appliances are being used in the home.
• When changing your clocks this weekend, it is also a good time to change the batteries in your carbon monoxide (CO) detectors.
• Plan and practice a home escape in the event of an emergency – designate a safe meeting place outside.