‘Fall back’ for daylight saving time, check smoke alarms
With the end of daylight saving time Sunday morning, Cal Fire reminds residents that time to change the clocks means time to check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and change the batteries.
Daylight saving time ended at 2 a.m. Sunday and clocks should be set back one hour. Cal Fire recommends that alarms be checked and the batteries changed at the beginning and end of daylight saving time. Alarm batteries should be changed twice a year, even if they are hard-wired to the electrical system, Cal Fire said.
“While you are spending a couple minutes to change the time on all your clocks, it’s so easy just to add an extra minute to ensure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms all have fresh, new batteries,’’ said Acting State Fire Marshall Tonya Hoover.
Roughly two-thirds of deaths due to home fires occur in homes without a fire alarm and most of the fatal fires happen at night, according to a Cal Fire statement. Working smoke alarms increase the chance of surviving a home fire by 50 percent, and almost every day a smoke alarm saves someone’s life, Cal Fire reported.
In addition to the biannual battery replacement, Cal Fire recommends testing alarms once a month and vacuuming them at least once a year, as dust and cobwebs can impair sensitivity.
This year officials have added carbon monoxide alarms to their message following a new state law requiring single-family homes have a carbon monoxide alarm.
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