Daylight saving time begins Sunday

Daylight saving time begins Sunday

According to a news release, the most commonly cited cause of non-working smoke alarms are worn or missing batteries.

Sunday night, March 11th, move your clocks forward from 2:00am to 3:00am for Daylight Savings Time.

Families should also develop and practice a home fire escape plan.

Firefighters remind everyone this is a great time to change the batteries in all smoke alarms.

The IAFC also says consider replacing devices that are older than 10 years old, "Today" reported.

Barritt emphasizes that if a person has any questions about their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to contact the fire department.

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TFR recommends you have a smoke detector in every bedroom outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home. As of February 2018, the Red Cross and partners have saved almost 350 lives and have installed more than 1 million free smoke alarms as part of this campaign.

And they should be checked at least twice a year, with the beginning and ending of daylight saving acting as a good reminder of the task.

Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are available and are created to remain effective for up to 10 years. If that alarm chirps, replace only the battery.

Remember, even alarms that are hard-wired into your home electrical system need to have their battery back-ups maintained in case of electrical power outage.

It's something Red Cross officials stress every time there's a fire: working smoke alarms.

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