Daylight Saving Time is coming up this weekend and the National Fire Protection Association says it's the perfect time to test your smoke alarms.
The association says about two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or non-functioning alarms. They say the twice-a-year time changes are the perfect time to test alarms in your home and replace batteries.
NFPA also offers the following tips for general smoke alarm maintenance:
Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the
Make sure everyone in the home understands the
sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years
Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn't
respond properly when tested.
Smoke alarms with nonreplaceable (long-life)
batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm
chirps, a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right
For smoke alarms with any other type of battery,
replace batteries at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the