As the end of Daylight Saving Time approaches on Sunday, November 7, the Seattle Fire Department wants to remind residents to change their smoke alarm and carbon monoxide (CO) detector batteries when they change their clocks. Lithium long-life batteries do not need to be changed yearly.
Changing smoke alarm and CO detector batteries at least once a year is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce home fire deaths and CO poisoning. In fact, working smoke alarms can cut the risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half by providing an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape.
Every home in Seattle should have the protection of smoke alarms. The Seattle Fire Department can install smoke alarms and batteries free of charge in homes where the homeowner is either a senior citizen, living on a low income, or has a disability. If you live outside the city of Seattle, please contact your local Fire Department to request assistance.