Clock Rollback A Good Time To Change Smoke Detectors

By Benjamin Cox on November 1, 2019 at 9:11am

Daylight Savings Time officially comes to an end this Sunday. The clocks will roll back one hour at 2AM making the official time in the United States 1AM. An extra hour of sleep will happen but darkness will come an hour early.

The Illinois State Fire Marshall’s office also wants to remind people that they need to replace their batteries in their smoke detectors. Smoke alarms will be required to be moved to the sealed battery smoke detectors by 2023. Fire Marshall spokesman J.C. Fultz says now is a good time to change over. “If you have a smoke detector that’s over 10 year old hanging from your ceiling, go ahead and just replace it with the new 10 year sealed battery smoke detectors. Then, you don’t have to worry about changing the batteries all the time. You can test it once a week, once a month, or at the time change. Keep in mind, smoke detectors are required on every floor of your home within 15 feet of bedrooms.”

Fultz also says that if you are having a hard time changing your battery or switching over, contact your local fire department and they can help aid in obtaining the new smoke detectors or installation.