FAIRBURY, NE – Daylight savings time is coming to an end this weekend.
On Sunday morning at 2 a.m., the time will fall back one hour. So, consider this a reminder to set your clocks back, and also to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Batteries in smoke alarms should be changed every six months, according to the Fairbury Rural Fire Department and probably any fire department you talk to.
Fairbury Assistant Fire Chief Judd Stewart advises everyone to make sure their smoke alarms are functioning properly all year round.
“If your smoke alarm is chirping, that is an indication that there is something wrong,” Stewart said. “Most likely, it’s a battery. If you replace the battery and the smoke alarm still won’t function properly, discard it and replace it with a new one.”
Smoke alarms should be changed every 10 years, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Once an old battery is removed from a functioning smoke alarm, those nine-volt (9V) batteries must be disposed of carefully, Stewart says.
“If a metal object touches the two post of a nine-volt battery, it can cause a short circuit,” Stewart said. “We encourage you to check with your city or town for the best way of getting rid of batteries.”
Stewart reminds homeowners to have a smoke alarm in every level of a home. He also says smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month.