Daylight savings: Change your clocks, change your batteries
At 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, people will turn their clocks back one hour to observe the end of daylight saving time. The Sycamore Fire Department urges local residents to replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at the same time.
Batteries in a smoke alarm should be changed at least twice a year, even if the alarm is hardwired into the home’s electrical system. Because clocks are changed twice a year for daylight saving time, it is an easy way to remember it is time to change the batteries.
In a study by the National Fire Prevention Association, nearly 96 percent of households reported having some kind of fire alarm, yet the U.S. Fire Administration reports residential fires make up nearly 83 percent of civilian fire deaths. The culprit is usually a disconnected or dead battery.
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