With Daylight Savings Time ending on Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 a.m., the Winchester Fire Marshal’s Office reminds citizens to replace their smoke alarm batteries when they turn their clocks back one hour.
The most commonly cited cause of non-working smoke alarms is missing or worn batteries. Ensuring that your smoke alarm is in working order is one way to reduce the number of home fire fatalities and reap the benefits the devices were designed to provide.
The theme for this year’s National Fire Prevention Week was “Look. Listen. Learn.” and urged homeowners to take the sound of a smoke alarm seriously. “It’s important to test smoke alarm batteries once a month and replace batteries every six months,” stated Jeremy Luttrell, Fire Marshal for the City of Winchester. “It is also recommended by the International Association of Fire Chiefs to replace the smoke alarms as a whole every ten years to ensure proper working order and the continued protection of your home.”