The time to "spring ahead" one hour for Daylight Savings is early Sunday morning. "We urge everyone to not only change their batteries when they change their clocks but also set a reminder to test their alarms once every month".
You never want to see the fire department fighting flames at your home, but if fire sparks, it's important to have working smoke alarms.
Haney advises families to replace outdated smoke alarms, if possible, with newer models that feature 10-year sealed lithium batteries.
When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
If you don't smoke detectors in your home, contact your town office. Failure to maintain smoke and CO alarms as well as tampering with or removing the batteries is a violation of the Ontario Fire Code and can result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $50,000.
"Also, we will install smoke alarms in homes particular in at risk populations". If that alarm chirps, replace only the battery.
"If alarms have removable batteries, those batteries should be replaced", a press release from FASNY said Friday. "If it doesn't have a date on it, it's over 10-years-old".
Residents in Danbury can schedule a visit by visiting www.soundthealarm.org/Connecticut or by calling 877-287-3327 and choosing option 1 on the menu to request a smoke alarm installation.
For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year.