CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Fire Department is reminding everyone to change the batteries in your smoke alarms when you move your clocks ahead on Sunday.
In conjunction with the annual public education program --“Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries” – citizens are encouraged to change the batteries in their smoke alarms at least twice a year -- at the beginning and end of daylight saving time. Daylight saving time starts Sunday at 2 a.m.
In addition, members of the fire officials say you should:
Ensure that smoke alarms are properly placed
Test your alarm monthly
Consider switching to a smoke alarm that has a non-removable 10-year lithium battery
Replace your smoke alarm every 10 years (or according to manufacturer’s specifications)
Develop an escape plan and practice the plan with your family
For maximum protection, the Cincinnati Fire Department encourages the use of both photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms. Such smoke alarms provide early warning when fire occurs.
Photoelectric alarms quickly sense smoke from smoldering, smoky fires, such as those ignited by a cigarette falling between sofa cushions.
Ionization alarms quickly sense smoke caused by flaming, fast-moving fires, such as a kitchen fire.
If you are in need of a smoke alarm and/or batteries, please visit a Cincinnati fire station.