It’s time again to spring forward for daylight savings time, but while you’re adjusting your clocks it's also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke detectors.
St. Joseph Firefighter Jake Lilly said changing the batteries in your smoke detector twice a year can save someone’s life.
“Two-thirds of all fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms that should have worked, but often fail to, occur because of missing or dead batteries. So, it’s very important to constantly check your batteries and replace them,” Lilly said.
Lilly also recommends having an emergency plan of action in the event of a fire to insure all members of the family know what to do and where to go in case of an emergency.
“The first step in a plan of action is everyone in the home knowing what the smoke alarm sounds like and when they do hear that knowing what to do,” Lilly said.
The St. Joseph Fire Department recommends each level of a home have a working fire alarm in each room. Firefighters said the best safety protocol is to test smoke detectors in your home on a monthly basis and completely replace smoke detectors every 10 years.