Having set clocks ahead one hour is a good reminder to check home smoke alarms, according to Effingham Fire and Rescue.
Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.
• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement and attic.
• If you sleep with bedroom doors closed, have a qualified electrician install interconnected smoke alarms in each room so that when one alarm sounds, they all sound.
• Use the test button on the front face of the alarm to test each month.
• Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
• Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly.