Reminders to “spring forward” to accommodate the annual change to daylight saving time were virtually everywhere this past weekend, but clocks are not the only things that require attention, Prosper Fire Marshal Bryan Ausenbaugh said.
“While daylight saving time officially begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12, many families reset their clocks the night before,” he said. “While that’s taking place, we encourage families to check the batteries in the home’s smoke, fire and carbon monoxide detectors as well.”
Checking smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide detectors and alarms and changing the batteries where necessary are among the most effective and least expensive things that can protect family members. It’s critical that these lifesaving devices operate at their peak, and checking or changing the batteries when resetting the clocks keeps them at their optimum efficiency, Ausenbaugh said.
“Unfortunately, we don’t think about these things until we hear of a tragedy somewhere,” he said. “Changing the clocks, whether forward or backward, should be an immediate trigger to our memories regarding these life-saving devices. We know that a fire doubles in size every 30 seconds. The alarm just might give you and your family the time you need to get out safely.”
Checking and, if necessary, changing the batteries on each alarm or detection device at the same time clocks are reset, or shortly after, can give residents peace of mind and, likely, a good night’s sleep.
“There should be a smoke detector outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, Ausenbaugh said. “Smoke alarms, properly positioned and in good working order, have proven time and time again that they save lives.”