If you forgot, Daylight Savings Time starts this Sunday March 9th at 2am and that means not only do we need to move our clicks forward an hour, but we should also check the batteries in our smoke alarms.

The Fireman's Association of the State of New York asks that everyone check the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they're functioning and replace the batteries if needed. You might also want to dust or vacuum the detectors to keep them free of debris so they can work properly.

FASNY President James Burns says: "If there is a fire in the home and an existing alarm does not sound, the top three reasons are: disconnected; missing; or dead batteries. Now, when you are adjusting your clock to Daylight Savings Time, is the perfect opportunity to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries.  Too often we have seen fire and carbon monoxide lead to preventable tragedy brought by the lack of a functioning detector."

Here are a couple of other tips that can help keep you and your family safe:

  • Test detectors at least once a month by using the test button.
  • Check batteries every six months and change every year.
  • Vacuum or blow out any dust that might accumulate in the unit.
  • Never borrow a batter from a detector to use somewhere else.
  • Never paint a smoke or CO detector.
  • Install at least one smoke alarm on every floor of your home, including the basement and in, or near each sleeping area.
  • Smoke detectors should not be installed near a window because draft could interfere with their operation.
  • Families should also develop and practice a home fire escape plan.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for testing smoke alarms and replacing the batteries.