Incorporate a New Routine When Daylight Savings Time Begins
Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 11th, which means the clocks spring forward and we “lose” an hour of sleep. When we wake up, most of our electronics will have automatically changed, so there will only be a clock here or there that must be manually adjusted. On that Sunday, spend the time that you would have committed to adjusting your clocks on a very important task: changing the batteries in your smoke alarms.
Many homeowners don’t change smoke alarm batteries yearly; instead, they wait for the incessant low-battery beeping to alert them. You know that the alarm tends to sound at an inconvenient time, and instead of replacing batteries, many people simply take them out. Keep yourself and your family out of danger by adopting this new routine: every year, when Daylight Savings Times begins, spend some time examining your smoke alarms.
- Swap out all the batteries in your smoke alarms with new ones, even if the alarms are not indicating low battery.
- Dust or vacuum the alarms to prevent grime from building up in the unit and reducing its functionality.
- Ensure that the alarms have not expired, as most units only last 10 years. If you are unsure when they were installed, it’s best to replace them.
- Follow the manufacturer instructions and check the detector is working by using the ‘test button’.
In addition to checking the smoke alarms you already have in place, make sure you have enough alarms in the home to protect everyone.
- Every level of your home should have a working smoke detector, including basements and attics.
- Ideally, there should be a smoke detector inside each bedroom, so it can awaken a sleeping person. At the very minimum, there should be a smoke alarm installed outside every sleeping area.
- Smoke alarms should be installed at least 3 meters from cooking appliances to prevent false alarms.
A1 Air Conditioning & Heating has been the Greater Toronto Area’s trusted HVAC servicer and installer for over 50 years and we hope you will adopt this new routine every year when Daylight Saving Time begins.
Updated: March 2018