CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Don’t forget daylight saving time ends this Saturday which means it will be time to turn the clocks back one hour.
November is the month to reclaim that hour of sleep we lost back in March so make sure to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed.
As we turn back those clocks public safety officials also say it is a good time of year to do some checks around the house. A good place to start is to change the batteries in your home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Safety officials say if you check those detectors twice a year, each time you change your clocks, that will guarantee that they are working in the event of an emergency.
22News spoke with one local resident who told us they prefer the time of year when we see a later sunset.
“I do not like Day Light Saving time ending because I like to have it more light at the end of the day versus having that extra hour of sleep in the morning,” said Arden D’Amours from Feeding Hills.
And while the time change isn’t everyone’s favorite, there are some helpful tips to consider beyond just setting your clocks back one hour before going to bed.
It’s also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. When changing the batteries, be sure inspect the alarms and check the date. Smoke alarms need to be replaced every ten years while carbon monoxide alarms need to be replaced every five to seven years.
“Even though I don’t have children living at home anymore I do have animals and I do want to make sure that they are safe,” D’Amours continued. “I actually have my batteries ready to go to change it today. So by checking them regularly then I am making sure that they are safe.
Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are essential fire safety tools to have in your home. They are the best way to prevent fire fatalities. If you can’t tell how old your alarms are, it is time to replace them.
Every home is required to have working smoke alarms and most are also required to have carbon monoxide alarms. Learn what kind you need to have and where they should be placed in your homes.
Protect Your Home and Family with Smoke Alarms
- Have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside bedrooms, at the top of open stairs and at the base of cellar stairs.
- Maintain smoke alarms. Test them once a month.
- If the alarm uses regular batteries, change them at least once a year. An easy way to remember is to change the batteries when you change your clocks. A “chirping” sound indicates that it’s time to change
- Smoke alarms must be replaced every 10 years. Alarms are labeled with their date of manufacture. If there is no label, they are older than 10 years and must be replaced
Protect Your Home and Family with Carbon Monoxide Alarms
- The law requires carbon monoxide alarms to be installed on every level of your home, including habitable portions of basements and attics, in most residences.
- On levels with sleeping areas, carbon monoxide alarms should be installed within 10 feet of bedroom doors.
- When purchasing a carbon monoxide alarm, be sure to look for the approval label of an independent testing company, such as Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL), International Approval Service (IAS), or Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Most carbon monoxide alarms that are sold in the Commonwealth meet these standards, but it’s a good idea to check before buying.
- Carbon monoxide alarms may be
- Battery operated with battery monitoring
- Plug-ins with battery back-up
- Low voltage systems
- Qualified combination
- Replace carbon monoxide alarms every 5 to 7 years, depending on the make and model.
- Newer CO alarms have a 10-year sealed battery that does not need changing. At 10 years, the entire device is replaced.
- If you have a plug-in model, be aware that the battery will run down during an extended power outage and may need to be replaced.
For Landlords and Tenants
- Nicole’s Law also requires landlords to install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms in every dwelling unit that has a source of carbon monoxide.
- Large apartment buildings, where there is no source inside of the individual apartments, may use an alternative method to detect carbon monoxide near the furnace, boiler rooms, or garage.
Daylight Saving Time Will return next year on Sunday, March 13.