Spring Forward/Check Alarms
A sure sign that the winter is almost over is the return of Daylight Savings Time and longer stretches of daylight to brighten our spirits.
Saturday night be sure to set your clock ahead one hour and, while you’re at it, check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.
State fire Marshall Peter Ostroskey says you should replace aging alarms and unless they have a 10-year sealed battery, replace the alkaline batteries this weekend.
Ostroskey says manufacturers generally recommend smoke alarms be replaced after 10 years and carbon monoxide alarms every 5 to 7 years.
If you’re an older person and you’re not sure about checking the alarms and changing batteries, contact your local fire department or senior center for assistance.
A working alarm is a sound you can live with.