Change fire alarm batteries, too

Daylight saving time coming to an end this weekend

"By using daylight saving time as a cue, it makes the task easier to remember". When DST ends in the fall, the clocks "fall" behind, so you gain an hour. Experts say having a functioning smoke detector is a matter of life or death.

"Replacing the batteries in your alarms is simple and relatively low-cost", said Fire Department Division Chief Jason Shivers.

"Daylight saving time is the ideal time to ensure your home's smoke alarms are working". "A chirping alarm means the batteries are weak and need to be protected".


It's the law to have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas.

Smoke alarms should be replaced when they are ten years old, and carbon monoxide detectors when they are five.

Each of these reasons is easily remedied by either simply replacing the battery or the device. IL law requires every household to have smoke alarms within 15 feet of every bedroom and at least one smoke alarm on each floor of a home. If the alarm chirps on these units, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away. Taking these precautionary measures, as well as creating and practicing a home escape plan, are some of the important steps New Yorkers can take to protect their homes and families.

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