Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Time to change clocks and batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Time to change clocks and batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

San Diego County residents will all get an extra hour of sleep Saturday evening, as Daylight Saving Time comes to end and clocks are turned back an hour.

Daylight saving time takes effect from the second Sunday of March until the first Sunday of November, and the idea is to maximize daylight hours and save energy.

Area fire departments are also out with a reminder that now would be a good time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas. "Likewise, carbon monoxide alarms are required outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage".

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Tampering with or removing batteries from your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is against the law. It is recommended that alarms be tested monthly and that batteries be replaced at least once a year.

If the alarm is equipped with a power light that is functioning, this light only indicates that the unit is powered, do not assume that the sensors inside the alarm have not expired.

Smoke alarms have a life span of about 10 years and have the date stamped on the back, fire officials said.

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