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Remember to “Spring Ahead” One Hour on Sunday!

March 8, 2013

smoke-alarms

Remember to “spring ahead” and change the clocks on Sunday, March 10.  It’s also time to make sure to change the batteries in all of your smoke alarms. Even with replacing the batteries, it’s still very important to conduct your monthly test of your smoke alarms. It could save a life!

Did you know that having a working smoke alarm reduces a person’s chance of dying in a fire by half?

For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Smoke alarms should be mounted high on walls or ceilings and tested monthly.

It’s important to replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, unless they’re 10-year lithium batteries. If your smoke alarms are hard-wired, they still have batteries in case of a power outage; replace the batteries.

Smoke alarms sensors do not last forever. The maximum life span is 8-10 years. After that time, the entire unit should be replaced. Check the manufacture date on the back of the unit.  If there is no manufacture date, definitely replace the entire unit NOW.  If the unit does not respond properly when tested, it needs to be replaced immediately. Consider replacing your smoke alarms with the combination smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms.

Springing forward one hour also means it will be darker later in the morning.  Sun-up in my part of Vermont isn’t until 7:10 AM on Monday.  It will not be full light until sometime later.  At this time of day, many children are out waiting for the bus; please be extra careful on your commute.

The weather in Vermont is supposed to be wonderful this weekend; looks like perfect sugaring weather; I may just have to get some sugar-on-snow………………..Enjoy your weekend!

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