Time to change smoke alarm batteries, daylight saving time is ending

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It’s time to charge your clocks and change your batteries.

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday Nov. 5th.

The Parkersburg Fire Department reminds everyone that when you turn back your clocks one hour you should also change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as in the other home safety devices.

Fire Chief Jason Matthews says, "when you do change your batteries in the alarms or detectors take a look at the back and look at the manufacture date and make sure your alarm or detector is within a ten year window and if it’s not it’s time to get a new alarm.

“I was just thinking about that today we've been doing our free smoke alarm program for about ten years now, so it's really important we want to remind everyone that when they change their batteries this weekend to definitely look at the manufacture date," says Matthews.

If you live in the Parkersburg city limits and are due for a new one, you can contact the Parkersburg Fire Department.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. The NFPA provides the following guidelines for smoke alarms:

· Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.

· Make sure everyone in the home recognizes the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.

· Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

· Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn’t respond properly when tested.

· Smoke alarms with nonreplaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.

· For smoke alarms requiring any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.