Using daylight saving time as a reminder to check smoke detectors

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Whether you like it or not, daylight saving time will be pushing time forward an hour, but setting your clocks forward isn’t the only thing to do before going to bed Saturday night.

West Lafayette Fire Department shift training officer Keith Burton said it is a good time to make sure emergency detectors are in good working order.

“Your smoke detectors, your carbon monoxide detectors, any home security system — if you associate it with something like the time change, changing the batteries, it’s a good way to remember to do it,” said Burton.

Burton said daylight saving time is also a good time to create and practice a family escape plan.

“Make sure it’s uniform, make sure everybody practices it and knows where the meeting place is. And, just keep routinely practicing,” said Burton.

Although daylight saving is a good time to make sure emergency detectors are working properly, it should not be the only time they are tested.

“It’s a good thing to do it once a month, at least push the test button and make sure it works,” added Burton.

Monthly testing is important, but Burton encourages everyone to use daylight saving time as a reminder to change the smoke detector batteries.

“Even if they’re working. Change them once a year. You never know, they could quit working at any time and you don’t want to be caught off guard,” said Burton.

Burton said a good smoke detector costs around ten dollars, and some organizations even offer them for free to those in need.

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