For Immediate Release - October 23, 2013

Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

“When buying your Halloween candy this year, pick up some batteries for your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” said State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan. “We change our clocks right after Halloween on November 3, so remember when you change your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” he added.

One of the best things we can do as we get our homes ready for winter, is to make sure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have fresh batteries. A working smoke alarm is your first line of defense in a fire. Working smoke alarms give you precious time to use your home escape plan before poisonous gases and heat make escape impossible. Time is your enemy in a fire.

“When changing your alarm’s batteries check to see if your alarms need to be replaced. Smoke alarms last about ten years and carbon monoxide alarms last 5-7,” said Coan.