Fire Safety Tips Change Your Clocks, Check Your Smoke Detector

Be Ready! Change Your Clocks, Check Your Smoke Detector Batteries

In Los Angeles County, we change our clocks twice a year, “springing forward” and “falling back” to accommodate daylight saving time. This is an ideal time to check the batteries in your smoke detectors. A smoke alarm saves a life nearly every day in the U.S. Make sure yours are working properly.

In the spring and fall, the Los Angeles County Fire Department highlights the importance of checking smoke detectors when we change our clocks by displaying safety messages on all department social media platforms. Fire Department personnel are happy to offer information regarding smoke detector placement and other issues, if you have questions or concerns feel free to call the Fire Department’s Public Education Unit at (661) 733-6021.

Most Fatal Fires Occur at Night

The majority of fatal fires occur at night, when people are sleeping. They may have little to no warning of what is occurring and may even sleep through toxic smoke inhalation, never waking or waking when it’s already too late. These tragedies can be prevented by working smoke detectors.

Every home in the U.S. should have smoke alarms to provide an early warning when and if a fire occurs. They should be installed in all bedrooms, in the hallways outside of bedrooms, in basements, and on every level of a home. When installed and working properly, they can give people precious time to escape a fire.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Smoke alarms save lives nearly every single day, but they are only effective if they are working properly. Testing smoke detectors and checking their batteries on a routine basis is a key part of fire and home safety. An ideal time to do this is twice a year, when we change our clocks for daylight saving time.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department reminds the community to check smoke detector batteries and offers helpful insight regarding the importance of working smoke alarms to promote fire safety in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation supports these efforts through fundraising to help create and carry out these programs.