WAYNE – As Daylight Savings Time (DST) approaches this weekend, make sure to set your clocks forward one hour before going to bed Saturday evening.
Fire officials would also like to remind the public that Daylight Savings Time (DST) is also a great time to change the batteries in all of the smoke alarms in your home. DST 2020 will begin at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8 and lasts until 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 1.
Even if you have smoke alarms that use the power from you house wiring system, the backup battery needs to be changed. Smoke alarms are your first line of defense when it comes to letting you know there is a fire in your home. If you wait to change the batteries when they beep they may or may not work.
Now would also be great time to sit down with your family and create a home escape plan. Then practice your plan at least two times a year but more often is better.
If your smoke alarms are older than 10 years from the manufacturer, they need to be replaced as well as there should be a date stamped on the detector. And make sure to remember to check your carbon monoxide detectors so they are operating properly as well.