Changing the clocks back to standard time at 2 am on Sunday, November 2nd serves as a reminder to check each of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. If the units are battery powered or electrically powered with battery back up, it’s prudent to change each of the batteries, regardless if the device seems operational. Fresh batteries will better ensure that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will function properly when needed.
The primary purpose of a smoke detector is to wake you up in the event there is smoke in your house. It’s a myth that you’ll wake up coughing if your house fills with smoke. Smoke detectors should be placed in each bedroom and hallway. Properly located and maintained smoke detectors will wake you at the first hint of smoke, providing you with the time needed to investigate the source or safely evacuate your family. Batteries should be replaced twice a year and the units should be tested regularly. Simply press the test button on the device to make sure the audible warning is functioning properly.
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