October 31, 2011 |

Change your clocks, check your batteries

Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 a.m. is the official time in which your clocks will need to “fall back” an hour.

Lake Stevens Fire will be at both Haggen and Jay’s Market on Friday, Nov. 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with reminders to change your clocks and check your batteries.

This time change marks not only the beginning of daylight saving-time, it also marks the time of year when you are encouraged to check the batteries in all of your smoke alarms.

Batteries should be checked in smoke alarms at least twice a year. The “fall back” and “spring forward” time changes are great reminders of changes and checks that need to happen twice a year: clocks and batteries.

Typically, 9-volt batteries need to be changed every six months while 10-year lithium batteries just need to be tested on a monthly basis to ensure they are working.

To easily remember how old your lithium batteries are, mark the date of installment with a permanent marker and that way you know when they’re 10 years old and need replacing.

Remember, smoke alarms save lives. Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes that do not have working smoke alarms. Test your alarms monthly to be sure they work properly.

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