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Check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms this end of daylight saving time – November 5, 2023

firefighter pushing the test button on a smoke alarm

It’s that time of year when we change the time on our microwave ovens and other clocks. Daylight Saving Time comes to an end this weekend (Sunday, November 5 at 2 a.m.) This is a good reminder to check that your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are working by testing them and replacing batteries if needed. Don’t wait until your alarm begins to “chirp” at an inconvenient time before deciding to change the batteries. Do it now!

Changing smoke and CO alarm 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 by nearly one-half by providing an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape. Consider installing a long-life battery powered smoke/CO alarm to avoid yearly battery replacements.

Smoke alarms should last up to 10 years so check to see if your alarms need replacing. CO alarms have a life span of seven years.

Watch this video to learn more about smoke alarms

Learn more about smoke/CO alarms.