WDAZ: Your Home Team

Published October 31, 2009, 06:16 PM

Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

It's that time of year again, time to turn back the clocks.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ

It's that time of year again, time to turn back the clocks.

But authorities say when you do this, be sure to change the batteries in your smoke detectors as well.

Boggy: It's a sound no one ever wants to hear. But don't ignore your smoke detector, because it could save your life.

Brandon Boespflug: What happens is they're cooking, they start chirping, they take them down and they forget to put them back up and next thing they know they have a fire, fortunately, many are lucky to have got out but we have had a few that haven't got out.

Boggy: An average of three children in the U.S. die each day in home fires and eighty percent of those are in homes without working smoke alarms

Brandon Boespflug: If we can get the public to change their batteries when we spring ahead and we fall back we can actually immediate that hazard.

Boggy: A common mistake when replacing a battery is not putting it in properly, just follow these directions from a firefighter.

Firefighter: Snap it into place, close it, and test it.

Boggy:Always have a least one working smoke alarm on each level of your home, preferably one in each sleeping room. Never just rely on your sense of smell.

Brandon Boespflug: When we fall asleep at night one of the first senses that goes is our sense of smell, so if we have smoke in our home, we actually aren't going to smell it.

Boggy: So set back your clocks and replace your smoke alarm batteries. Such a simple task could easily save your life or the lives of the ones you love.

Brandon Boespflug: It is very important for the public to check their batteries, maintain their smoke detectors, because it's a life or death situation.

The Grand Forks Fire Department recommends that you test your smoke detector every month, change your batteries when you change your clocks and replace your smoke detector every ten years.