Cochrane Fire Services wants to remind you to switch out batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend.
Inspector Jeff Avery with Cochrane Fire Services shares Daylight Savings Time is always a good opportunity to change out the batteries, regardless, if they are dead or not. "With Daylight Savings being on set dates and seeming to fall every six months it is a great time to get in the habit that every time you are changing a clock, push the button on your detectors, and change the batteries outright."
While Avery wants people to make sure their alarm is still functional by testing it, he says even if it beeps, replace the batteries to be on the safe side. "Even if you push it once and it beeps you will probably think the batteries are still good, but if you wait another six months then that battery has been in there a full year. So test the alarms to make sure they are still working but don't just test, replace the batteries. That way you know and will have the peace of mind that everything should be fine."
With Cochrane Fire Services attending calls where alarms have been found to be not functional or housing dead batteries, this is too important to ignore, states Avery. "That is a big concern because even though it is something people see every day it can slip their mind to put new batteries in, and while it is just a mistake, it could definitely be a deadly mistake."
Make it a rule, says Avery, and that way you know you are safeguarded just in case.