Twice a year, it’s that magical time when the clocks jump forward or backward a whole hour. In the spring, we whine about “losing” an hour, but in the fall, we love “gaining” an hour. Whenever it’s time for the clocks to make that forward or backward jump, you should perform a check of your home’s smoke detectors. The smoke detectors in your home are usually the first to know if a fire occurs and alert you immediately. They look out for you any time day or night, but every few months you need to show them some love and check their batteries!
The One Chore You REALLY Shouldn’t Skip
Checking smoke detectors really shouldn’t be considered “just another chore”. A house fire puts the lives of everyone inside in danger: you, your family, your guests, and your pets. You will want to be alerted immediately if there is cause for concern. Checking the batteries is super easy too! Many smoke detector models have a “test” button that you can press. If it sounds a little off, it could be time for a new battery. These twice-a-year checks are easy to remember, too! Go through the calendar on the wall, in your day planner, or even in your smartphone. On the days that say “daylight savings time begins” or “daylight savings time ends”, simply write (or type!) “check smoke detectors”. Eventually it will become a habit and you won’t even have to write it down anymore!
When to Replace Your Smoke Detectors
Before putting in some new batteries, it is important to note the actual age of your smoke detectors. The International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends replacing smoke detectors every 10 years. Advances in technology keep making these devices more sensitive, which keeps you and your family safer. If you rent your home or live in an apartment or condo, talk to your landlord or rental agent to make sure your smoke detector is up-to-date, or refer to your rental agreement for any relevant instructions.
Service That You Can Trust from TriStar Electric!
No matter the job, big or small, the professionals at TriStar Electric will be happy to discuss your project and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We offer free in-home consultations, plus an after-hours and emergency phone line for advice or service!