Check Your Smoke Alarms When You Change the Clocks for Daylight Saving Time

Posted at 3 p.m.

Daylight Saving TimeA good time to remember to check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as change the batteries, is when you change your clocks twice a year as Daylight Saving Time begins and ends.

Daylight Saving Time ends in the U.S. at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. Fairfax County reminds you to turn your clocks back one hour before you head to bed on Saturday.

Learn more about Daylight Saving Time from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Change Those Batteries

According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. Every home needs working smoke alarms to provide an early warning.

  • Test your smoke alarms once a month.
  • Check that you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Be sure to have alarms close to and inside where people are sleeping, especially if you are hosting guests for the upcoming holidays.
  • Never use an oven or stovetop to heat your home in the winter.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.

There also are different types of smoke alarms. Read the Fire and Rescue blog for information on the types of alarms and guidance on when to change the batteries.

Check Your Emergency Supplies

The time spent changing your clocks and checking your batteries is also an opportunity to refresh the items in your emergency supply kits (at home, in the office and at the car). Items may have expired or been used and not replaced, so be sure to check those kits and make sure you’re prepared for any emergency.

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4 responses to “Check Your Smoke Alarms When You Change the Clocks for Daylight Saving Time”

  1. Veronica Cartier says :

    Should be standard time….turn clocks back

  2. Suzette Herchig says :

    Oops on your first area in this message we turn back to eastern standard time The body if email has it correct just not by the Clock image it is saying forward for time change Thanks

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