LINCOLN, R.I. - Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday and, in addition to turning back the clocks, Amica Insurance suggests changing batteries in smoke alarms.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), almost two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with either no smoke alarms or homes where smoke alarms aren’t working. That’s why it’s important to have alarms that are properly installed and stocked with fresh batteries.
Amica is also sharing the following tips from the NFPA regarding smoke alarms:
- Install alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every floor, including the basement. Since smoke rises, alarms should be placed high on a wall or on the ceiling.
- Alarms should be tested once a month to make sure they’re working correctly.
- Replace the batteries at least once a year. If an alarm alerts you that the battery is low, possibly with a chirping noise, it should be replaced immediately.
- Replace alarms every 10 years or sooner if they’re not responding properly.