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Change Your Clocks and Smoke Alarm Batteries


Colorado Springs, CO– More than 3,500 people die in home fires each year in the United States; most of whom are in homes without a working smoke alarm. So when you set your clocks back on November, 6, use the extra hour to make a life-saving change in your household - change and test the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Remind your friends, family and neighbors to do the same. Making sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order takes just a moment, but is the best defense your family has against the devastating effects of a home fire.

Here are some helpful tips on smoke alarms:

  1. Place properly installed and maintained smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas and on every level of your home, including the basement. Larger homes may need additional smoke alarms to provide enough protection.
  2. Interconnected smoke alarms are best, because if one sounds, they all sound.
  3. Get smoke alarms that can sound fast. Every residence and place where people sleep needs to be equipped with both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.
  4. Install smoke alarms following manufacturer’s instructions, high on a wall or on a ceiling.
  5. Inspect and test smoke alarms monthly and change alkaline batteries at least once every year, or as instructed. You can use a date you already know, like your birthday or when you change your clocks as a reminder.
  6. Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested.