You turned back the clocks, don't forget to also do this 1 crucial thing
By Member Jeremy Ruffner
November 6, 2017

With daylight saving time here once again, everyone knows to turn clocks back an hour to the appropriate new time. But there's one more crucial task that should also be completed with every anniversary of turning the clocks: changing the batteries in smoke alarms, too.

For the last 29 years, Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs have worked to get the word out: When you change the clock for daylight saving time, take the time to also change the batteries in smoke alarms and smoke detectors.

A working smoke alarm can give you and your family the critical extra seconds to make a safe escape from a fire.

It could save your life. Experts say working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half. And the reason almost 71 percent of those smoke alarms failed to operate was because they had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Don’t make excuses. Change the batteries when you change the clocks!

While you’re at it, you should check and change batteries in carbon monoxide detectors and other safety monitors in your home. But don’t stop there. Offer to change and check batteries in all of these devices for elderly family members or neighbors, too.

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