Published: Mon, November 06, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Turn and Test as Daylight Saving Time Ends

Turn and Test as Daylight Saving Time Ends

The Office of the State Fire Marshal reminds Illinoisans to replace the batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors before Daylight Saving Time ends early Sunday.

"The end of Daylight Savings Time is the flawless opportunity to check your smoke alarm batteries", said FASNY President Ken Pienkowski.

To remember which way to set your watch, keep in mind one of these sayings: "Spring forward, fall back" or "Spring ahead, fall behind". At a minimum, homeowners should have one smoke alarm on each level of the residence, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. More than half of the non-working smoke alarms either had missing or disconnected batteries. "We just recently installed our one millionth smoke alarm". "The National Fire Protection Association says almost two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in properties without working smoke alarms".

It can be easy to forget about smoke detectors, even though they are crucial for increasing survival rates when fires do happen.

It is also recommended that you replace the batteries in home safety devices such as smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and weather radios. Ensure that the alarms are interconnected. "A chirping alarm means the batteries are weak and need to be protected".

All too often, a battery is removed and not replaced, putting a home's occupants at risk.

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