Related to:
Press Release

Press Release Change Your Clock, Check Your Alarms This Weekend

State Fire Marshal reminds people when you change your clock this weekend, check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
For immediate release:
  • Department of Fire Services

Media Contact for Change Your Clock, Check Your Alarms This Weekend

Jennifer Mieth, Public Information Officer

Logo: Smoke Alarms: A sound you can live with

STOW — “In 2016, 17 people died in home fires where there no working smoke alarms” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “We change our clocks on Sunday, November 5, so remember, when you change your clocks, check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” he added. “Smoke alarms give us the early warning we need in the event of a fire. Not only do you need smoke alarms, but you need to make sure they are working,” Ostroskey said.

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

Replace Aging Smoke & CO Alarms

No appliance lasts forever. “When checking your alarms see if they need to be replaced. Smoke alarms last about 10 years and older carbon monoxide alarms last 5-7 years,” said the Marshal.

10-Year Alarms

There are some new smoke and CO alarms that come with a sealed 10-year lithium battery. The batteries in these alarms never need changing. You just replace the entire alarm every ten years.

For more information on smoke alarms in Massachusetts contact your local fire prevention office or go to: and type Smoke Alarms in the search box.


Media Contact for Change Your Clock, Check Your Alarms This Weekend

Department of Fire Services 

The Department of Fire Services provides training for firefighters, fire prevention, fire code enforcement, education to the general public, and oversees fire investigations through the Office of the State Fire Marshal. We support the fire service in the protection of life and property, promote and enhance firefighter safety, and provide fire service leadership through policy and legislation.


Did you find the information you were looking for on this page? * required
We use your feedback to help us improve this site but we are not able to respond directly. Please do not include personal or contact information. If you need a response, please locate contact information elsewhere on this page or in the footer.
Tell us what you think