Check smoke alarms, CO detectors when turning clocks back on Sunday

Daylight saving time ends on Sunday, Nov. 3. Before going to bed on Saturday, Nov. 2, turn your clocks back one hour (“spring forward, fall back”) and consequently gain an hour of sleep.

This is a good time to check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, says Cal Fire/Ramona Fire Battalion Chief Saul Villagomez.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms detect and alert people to fire in its early stages, giving them the time needed to escape the dwelling or building safely. Properly operating smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire, cutting the risk of dying in home structure fires in half.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors

Carbon monoxide (CO) is Colorless and Odorless and can kill a person at high levels.

CO is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned. If appliances that burn fuel are malfunctioning or not properly maintained, dangerous levels of CO can result. Hundreds of people die every year from CO poisoning.

Having smoke alarms and CO detectors in your home is not enough. When you adjust your clocks at daylight saving time, we advise you to also change the batteries and service detectors.

Maintenance tips:

•Use a vacuum or brush to dust the cobwebs from your detectors.

•Ensure alarms are plugged in all the way into a working outlet or, if battery operated, change the batteries with a fresh set.

•Follow manufacturer recommendations and test your alarm once a month.

•Have a home evacuation plan and practice with your family.

Related posts:

  1. ‘Fall back’ for daylight saving time, check smoke alarms
  2. Cal Fire reminds residents to check smoke alarms when changing clocks
  3. Time change brings reminder to check smoke alarm batteries
  4. Emergency team hooks up smoke alarms for seniors
  5. Carbon monoxide poisoning sends three to hospital

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3 Comments for “Check smoke alarms, CO detectors when turning clocks back on Sunday”

  1. roman

    how do I test if my smoke alarm is working. I am new to USA. Any help will be very useful. Thanks

    • Herve Auch-Roy

      Roman, there are two ways you can do this:
      1) Press the "TEST" button on the smoke detector: you should hear the siren go off (i.e., "make a sound" – I know, "going off" is misleading for new comers). But by using the TEST button, you don't test the detecting element, that's why I recommend the other option below:
      2) Light up a cigarette, and blow the smoke towards the smoke detector; that's the best way to test it, because then you would actually test the smoke detecting element.
      Once you are done testing your smoke detector with a cigarette, make sure to drown the cigarette into water before you throw it away, because our area is very dry and you may start a wildfire that could devastate the entire county.

    • Guest

      There is usually a green button on the alarm. If you press it, you should hear the alarm go off. If not, you either have a faulty alarm or, more likely, you need to replace the battery. Most use a 9-volt battery.

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