Daylight Safety Time Change Safety Tips | What to Do

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Sunday, November 5, 2017 is the day we will be “falling back” and setting our clocks back an hour.  Daylight Savings is coming to an end and you can score an extra hour of sleep Sunday night!

Daylight Savings is also a great time to check your fire detection system, carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms.  According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), you should check your smoke alarm batteries once per month. You should also replace the batteries at least twice per year for safety’s sake.  Daylight Savings is the perfect time to do so.

When you set your clocks back or forward an hour you should:

  • Replace your smoke alarm batteries. When it is time to change the clocks, it’s also time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.  Even if the current batteries are testing ok, play it safe and replace the batteries anyways.  Smoke detectors are one of your first lines of defense and you want them operating always.  Remember to push the test button after replacing the battery to make sure it is operational.
  • Replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors. If you have these in your home (and you should on every level and near all bedrooms), then this is a great time to replace the batteries as well.  Along with the smoke detectors, you should be checking the batteries every month just to be safe.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. If for some reason your home does not have smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, install them now! The facts are too sobering not to heed their warning. Sixty percent of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes without working smoke alarms.  Nearly forty percent of home fire deaths resulted from fires where no smoke alarms were present at all and the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

At a minimum, put at least one smoke and carbon monoxide detector on every level of the home.  It is suggested that you have them inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. You may also want to check local building codes for additional requirements.

  • Test fire alarm and monitoring systems. If your home has a more advanced fire alarm system, place it in test mode and run tests to ensure it is working.  You may have a home sprinkler system for example and want to make sure it is operating correctly.

You may also have your smoke, fire and carbon monoxide detectors professionally monitored.  If that is the case, call Sterling Protective Services’ monitoring center, or the monitoring service you use, and have them confirm that everything is working correctly on their end as well.  It’s good to have the peace of mind.

  • Practice an escape route with your family. So many families do not follow through on their promise to make an escape plan. It might seem obvious how you would escape in the event of a fire.  Trust us, when fire breaks out, it only takes a matter of minutes or even seconds to have your escape route blocked.  Make sure everyone in the house makes multiple escape routes and practices them at least twice per year.  Everyone should escape the home and meet at an agreed upon location away from the home.

We cannot stress the importance of following these steps twice a year to keep your family and home safe from the tragedy of fire.  Daylight Savings is a great time of year to switch out batteries and perform these simple tests.  Especially in the fall when you get that hour back.

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