Spring Forward: Change Your Clocks and Batteries in Smoke Detectors

The Montreal Fire Department wants residents to change their smoke alarm batteries twice a year

You will lose an hour of sleep, but you will get an extra hour of daylight.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in structures without working smoke alarms.

With daylight saving time approaching Sunday, not only is it important to keep in mind to set your clocks correctly, but the American Red Cross says it's also important to test the batteries in your smoke alarms.

"Change your clocks and change your batteries" Sutton said.

For those seeking a low-maintenance replacement, some manufacturers offer alarms with sealed, 10-year batteries. They are usually good for about 10 years.

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"Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family's safety from a home fire", Jorgensen said. "We urge everyone to not only change their batteries when they change their clocks but also set a reminder to test their alarms once every month".

The time to talk about smoke detectors is before a fire breaks out. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not from the date of purchase).

Smoke and CO alarms don't last forever. Experts say the best configuration includes one alarm on each floor of the house and inside sleeping areas.

While you're at it, Chief Drouard says it's also a good idea to work out an escape plan with your family.

The association says that three of every five deaths attributed to a fire occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Having smoke alarms in a home cuts the risk of death from a fire in half. Never borrow a battery from a smoke alarm to use somewhere else.

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