Tuesday, November 1, 2016 
It's almost time to Fall Back! As you change your clocks back one hour this Saturday night (November 5th) please remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms!

The National Fire Protection Association's Change Your Clocks/Change Your Batteries program promotes the changing of all household smoke detector batteries twice a year in order to raise awareness of the importance of properly working household smoke detectors. It is proven that working smoke detectors save lives.

Below are some tips for making sure the smoke alarms in your home are maintained and working properly:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and make sure everyone in your home knows their sound.
  • If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
  • The manufacturers recommend that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms be replaced every 10 years.
  • Reminder: Electric wired smoke detectors in residences have battery back-ups.
  • Compressed air can be used to blow out detectors and reduce the chance of false alarms.
Residents with questions and/or concerns about updated smoke alarm requirements may contact the O’Fallon Fire Department at 618.624.4515. You may also visit National Fire Prevention Association’s web site at www.nfpa.org/smokealarms for more information.