Did you remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors?


“96 percent of Americans said they have a working smoke detector, but 40 percent of those homes failed to sound an alarm during a fire,” mentioned Paul Januszewski, North Haven Fire Chief.

You know the start of Daylight Saving Time really brings memories of spring.

Temperatures are starting to warm up, people are starting to get out and about, and we, of course, move those clocks ahead one hour. But there’s one very important thing you need to do, and that’s to change the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors

“So, you should be changing it every six months. The batteries are cheap enough now where it’s affordable enough to do so, but you should be checking it every month,” explained Januszewski.

So, how do you do it? There should be a test button right on the detector that will beep when you press it in.

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Also, if your detector is older than 2002 or has been painted over, throw it out and replace it immediately. This will assure the earliest detection if you ever do have a fire at home.

Additionally, there is one more thing you can do to help keep your family more safe in the event of a fire.

“So, we’re encouraging people today, when you go home at night today, shut your door. When you go to bed at night, shut your door. Try to compartmentalize the amount of space fire has to grow,” noted the chief.

Finally, if you’re not feeling replacing batteries every six months, many hardware stores sell smoke detectors with 10-year battery life, just remember to inspect them monthly. 

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