Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries
Posted on 10/28/2019
Smoke Alarm

Firefighters know the importance of home fire safety. That is why the Arlington Heights Fire Department encourages residents to Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery!

Getting in the habit of checking your smoke alarms or changing the batteries in your smoke alarms twice a year, when you change your clocks, can be a lifesaving habit. The easiest way to ensure your smoke alarms are working is to change batteries when you change your clock. Replace old batteries with fresh, high quality batteries to keep your Smoke Alarms ready to protect you yearlong.

After inserting fresh batteries in your Smoke Alarm, make sure the alarm is working by activating the safety test button. If you have any doubt regarding the working condition of a Smoke Alarm, please consider changing it.

It is recommended that you have a properly functioning Smoke Alarm in every sleeping room and in the hallway adjacent to those rooms. If sleeping rooms are on an upper level, a Smoke Alarm should also be installed in the center of the ceiling directly above the interior stairway.

It is best to have at least one working Smoke Alarm on every level of your home, including the basement and family room. To assure optimal protection and avoid false alarms, your Smoke Alarm must be mounted properly. You will find simple instructions included with every Smoke Alarm you purchase. Should questions remain, we encourage you to contact the Arlington Heights Fire Department at 847.368.5450.