Change your clocks; check your smoke detector batteries

Daylight saving time coming to an end this weekend


Sunday is the day to set the clocks back for daylight saving time, which means it's also an important time to check something else around the house. The change marks a return to Central Standard Time.

By now, you have hopefully already turned your clocks back an hour.

Perez says IL law requires every household to have smoke alarms within 15 feet of every bedroom and at least one alarm on each floor of the home.

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Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of the home, including the basement.

"If you have a traditional nine-volt battery, we recommend that you change the battery twice a year", said Bath Township Fire Chief Joe Kitchen.

Having a working smoke detector can be the difference between life and death.

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Remember if you rent it is your landlord's responsibility to provide working alarms, but it is your responsibility to ensure those alarms have working batteries.

Alarms should never be disconnected and batteries should never be removed.

All too often, a battery is removed and not replaced, putting a home's occupants at risk.

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Both hardwired and battery operated smoke alarms are required to be replaced every 10 years. "We just recently installed our one millionth smoke alarm".

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