So tonight is the night we all set our clocks one-hour ahead (spring forward).
It is also a great time to check your smoke and CO detectors, and replace the batteries, if needed. Find those instructions and follow them to assure this critical safety device is doing its job.
All smoke detectors have a push-to-test button on the front. Push and hold until the alarm sounds.
It would be considerate to warn everyone in the house first.
Afterwards, it's a good idea to gather the family around and review your family fire escape-and-reunite outside plan.
Hundreds of thousands of house fires occur every year, killing over 3000 and injuring 17,500 more. the NFPA’s Fire Analysis and Research Division estimtes over 60% of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke detectors.
Check yours today.
P.S. This is also a good weekend to check and update your 72-hour kit supplies, too, especially perishable foods, medicines and batteries.