Why should you change your detector batteries?
Avoid the chirp and change the batteries in your smoke detectors November 4th when clocks fall back an hour. Smoke detectors have a back up battery for those times when the power goes out and those batteries can wear out. Even if you have a 10 year battery in your smoke detector, your detectors have a 10 year life span and then the detectors need to be replaced. Failing batteries and old detectors are the most common reason for chirping smoke detectors. Other preventative measures for avoiding the chirp include vacuuming cobwebs and dust from your smoke detectors and performing a monthly test. To test detectors monthly, push the test button and it should alarm. Unless your smoke detectors are tied to a security or monitored fire alarm system this monthly test will not alert the fire department. If your smoke detectors alert and you don’t know why, go outside and call 911; Rocky Mountain Fire will be happy to come check things out.
November 4th is also a great time to check the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors as well. Lots of smoke detectors have CO detectors in the same device but CO detectors are also sold as separate devices. If you have gas appliances in your home (fireplaces, stoves, furnaces and water heaters) you need a carbon monoxide detector on every level of your home. Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas. It can cause headaches, nausea, sleepiness and even death. Our homes are closed up in cold weather to conserve heat and energy. If you have a malfunctioning gas appliance this is a recipe for disaster. If your detector alerts or you suspect you have a leak, leave your home and call 911. Rocky Mountain Fire will come and use our detectors to check for elevated carbon monoxide levels in your home.
You earned an hour of extra sleep on November 4th, give an extra 10 minutes to possibly save your life and change your smoke detector batteries and test both the smoke and CO detectors in your home.
If you have a question about smoke or carbon monoxide detectors ask us at www.rockfire.org or NFPA Smoke Detectors And NFPA Carbon Monoxide Detectors