Change your clocks, change your batteries

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Fire Department is reminding citizens to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when they move their clocks back on Sunday.

Citizens are encouraged to change the batteries in their smoke detectors at least twice a year, at the beginning and end of daylight savings time.

In addition, the Cincinnati Fire Department states that 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.

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