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Cincinnati Fire Department advises to change more than just your clocks Sunday

Posted at 12:13 PM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-05 05:39:00-05

CINCINNATI – Did you remember to set your clocks back one hour Sunday?

The Cincinnati Fire Department urges you to change the batteries in your smoke alarms, too.

In conjunction with the 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 ended at 2 a.m. Sunday; that means clocks return to standard time and it'll appear the sun is setting an hour earlier.

In addition, members of the fire department 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.