Daylight Saving Time starts on Saturday, March 13 and Hamilton Fire Chief Phil Stevens reminds Hamilton residents that when you change your clock, you should also change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Even hardwired detectors have batteries, Stevens said. At the same time, Stevens said residents should make sure their smoke detectors are under 10 years old and carbon monoxide detectors under seven years old.
If there is a monitored system in your home, it should be serviced annually, Stevens said, but 10-year lithium batteries do not need to be changed.
Smoke detectors can double your chance of survival if your home catches fire, but they won’t work if the batteries or missing or are missing outright. See some more facts about the importance of smoke detectors in this bulletin from the State Fire Marshall.