As Americans set their clocks back an hour on Saturday night, many take it as an opportunity to check smoke detectors.
Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2 a.m., so St. Lawrence County residents should do not forget to "fall back" one hour overnight. "By using daylight saving time as a cue, it makes the task easier to remember".
According to Lieutenant Dan Janecek with the Rapid City Fire department, daylight saving time is an important time of the year to check on potentially life saving appliances. "There are, however, even more studies that tell us that the change itself can cause accidents, injuries and even deaths".
Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half, so encourage your friends and family to do the same. Dead batteries caused almost a quarter of smoke alarm failures.
Smoke detectors usually only have a lifespan of ten years.
Officials say smoke and CO alarms should be tested once a month, and their batteries should be replaced at least twice a year. FASNY also encourages New Yorkers to install 10-year smoke alarms, which can not be easily disabled. Visit the NFPA website for more information on home escape planning.
Batteries are removed due to a "chirping sound", which actually indicates the battery needs to be replaced!