'Spring Forward' with Fire Safety in Mind

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 |

Spring Forward and Check Your Carbon Monoxide and Smoke AlarmsMany are surprised to learn that the Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery!® campaign for carbon monoxide and smoke alarms has been a once-per-year only event, officially taking place at the return to Standard Time each Fall.

What about Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, March 9, 2014?

Regardless of the season, firefighters perpetually emphasize:

  • Test every carbon monoxide and smoke alarm in your home at least once each month.
  • Change the batteries for these alarms at least once each year.
If you haven't tested your alarms within the past 4 weeks, test them now. If you haven't replaced the batteries within the past 12 months, do it today!

But wait, there's more...

Along with a reminder to test every smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in your home, there are three important facts you need to know:
  1. Your smoke alarms have a ten year maximum lifespan.
  2. The most effective smoke alarms use a combination of ionization and photoelectric technology.
  3. A free monthly message can be sent to your mobile phone or computer via Twitter, to remind you to test your @SmokeAlarm and @COalarm.
...and don't forget to set your clock ahead one hour this Sunday morning!

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


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