Time to check Your Smoke and CO Detectors

If you didn’t change the batteries in your home’s smoke detectors on January 1, make time on March 10, the date of Daylight Savings Time, to do so.

Smoke detector batteries should be replaced annually. If the smoke detectors in your home are 10 years old or older, replace them. They lose their effectiveness at 10 years.

Newer detectors may have lithium batteries which last longer than non-alkaline batteries.

Likewise, with carbon monoxide detectors. CO alarms do not last forever. The detecting components lose their effectiveness after five to seven years and may no longer detect carbon monoxide.

If you don’t have any smoke or carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home, purchase some. They are not expensive and can save your family’s lives, should a fire break out or your furnace malfunctions.