Change Fire Alarm Batteries

Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 10:15 AM
red alarm clock on a fire alarm with a yellow sticky note with text 'change batteries!'

At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, Standard Time returns to Daylight Savings Time. When you change your clocks also change your smoke alarm batteries - your life depends on it!

Smoke alarms are an essential life safety tool and working smoke alarms significantly increase your chance of surviving a home fire. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The St. John's Regaional Fire Department reminds everyone of these safety tips that will significantly increase your chances of surviving a home fire.

  • For best protection, smoke alarms shall be installed in all sleeping rooms, outside each sleeping area and on each level of the dwelling including basements.
  • Once smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are installed and have fresh batteries, you should make sure family members, children in particular, know what the alarms and detectors sound like and what to do should they go off.
  • After inserting a fresh battery in each smoke alarm, push the safety test button to make sure alarms are in proper working condition. Conduct this test monthly.
  • If an alarm 'chirps', warning the battery is low, replace the battery immediately.
  • Ensure your smoke alarms’ and carbon monoxide detectors’ sensitivity by cleaning them each month of dust and other particles.
  • Replace smoke alarms that are ten or more years old and five or more years for a CO detector. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and should they malfunction, replace them immediately.
  • CO detectors shall be installed whenever oil, propane or wood appliances are being used in the home.
  • When changing your clocks this weekend, it is also a good time to change the batteries in your CO detectors.
  • Plan and practice a home escape in the event of an emergency – designate a safe meeting place outside.