Remember to test alarms, smoke detectors when rolling you clocks back

With the end of daylight savings time this weekend (Nov. 4th) and moving our clocks back one hour, Protection Alarms encourages you to mark the occasion as a time to test your home smoke alarms and replace the batteries.

Every day in the United States, needless home fire deaths occur. Working smoke alarms significantly increase your chance of surviving a deadly home fire. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert scanning the air for fire and smoke.

In addition to changing your smoke alarm batteries this weekend, Protection Alarms recommends following these simple steps to protect your family and home:

Dust or vacuum smoke alarms when you change the batteries.

Replace the entire alarm if it’s more than 10 years old or doesn’t work properly when tested.

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and both inside and outside of sleeping areas.

For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor alarms.

Make sure everyone in your home understands the warning of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.