Change clocks, change batteries

With the time change, everybody turned their clocks back one hour. The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District suggests that you also take the time to change the batteries in your home’s smoke alarms.

When smoke alarms are properly maintained, they can be lifesaving. A key component of proper maintenance is making sure batteries are working. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends testing smoke alarms once a month by pressing the button on the unit. Batteries should be changed every year, whether they are working or not.

Other smoke alarm tips:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home.
  • Alarms should be placed inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Because smoke rises, alarms should be placed high on the wall or ceiling.
  • Alarms should be replaced entirely every eight to 10 years.

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