March 12, 2021
Adjust your clocks and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Daylight Saving Time goes into effect at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 14.
Each year when you set your clocks ahead, we recommend testing your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re working as expected. It’s worth the extra few minutes – and you can even make a game of it. See how quickly you and your family can find each smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in your home. Or, see how long it takes to test each alarm.
If you can’t remember the last time you changed the batteries, we also recommend doing that at the same time you test your alarms. Short on batteries? We typically keep extra 9 volt batteries on hand at our Administration Office. Let us know if you could use a battery or three – we want to make sure you’re safe.
Can’t remember how old your smoke alarm is? It might be time for a new one. National guidelines recommend replacing smoke alarms every 10 years because the sensors can become less sensitive. The manufacture date should be on the back of the alarm (the part touching the ceiling).
If you’re physically unable to install a smoke alarm, or think you need a new smoke alarm, the Northwest chapter of the American Red Cross can help. All you need to do is fill out their online request form.
Our Camano Fire crews are also able to assist with battery replacements and smoke alarm installation. If you need assistance, call 360-387-1512 or send us an email.