Clocks Go Back, Check Your Smoke Detectors

Posted November 06, 2017

This year the day to set your clocks back, change batteries in your smoke alarms, or to replace the old alarms is Sunday, November 5th. When DST ends in the fall, the clocks "fall" behind, so you gain an hour.

The NFPA reports that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

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According to Lieutenant Dan Janecek with the Rapid City Fire department, daylight saving time is an important time of the year to check on potentially life saving appliances. Install new batteries or replace your smoke alarm if needed. This reduces the chance of alarms chirping to indicate low batteries.

Fire Prevention Officer Captain Mike Maher says most fatal fires occur at night when people are asleep, and often the victims never wake up.

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Working smoke alarms are required on every storey of a home and outside every sleeping area. Make sure everyone can hear the alarm and knows what it sounds like. If the alarm chirps on these units, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away. FASNY recommends cleaning all alarms to remove any debris that might impede their function and to test the batteries, changing them as necessary.

The St. Louis Fire Department will be canvassing neighborhoods throughout the city today, installing smoke alarms and helping families develop emergency exit plans for their homes.

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