‘Spring Forward’ before going to bed on Saturday night

A sure sign of spring is adjusting to daylight saving time, which arrives at 2 a.m. on Sunday. This is when you set your clocks. before an hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

It’s also a good time, and a natural reminder, to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Manitowoc Fire and Rescue Deputy Fire Chief Jason Russ tells Seehafer News that 95 percent of all homes have smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors.

Conversely, only about 20% are functional.

Rus says, “One of the main reasons they don’t work anymore is because the smoke alarm battery has been neglected over the years. It either goes out or the battery runs out. The other part is someone might need of that battery to run a remote or something else that’s battery powered, unfortunately they get stolen, so we have that natural reminder twice a year to look at that battery and replace it.

The market produces solutions to this problem, notes Russ. “The units get to where they’re actually sealed, so you can’t even get to the battery. After ten years the battery will activate it, it’ll start chirping, and that’s the time to get rid of it because there is no way to get rid of this battery.

As for the best place to position detectors in your home, Russ says, “Smoke detectors, in the bedroom, and you might have a carbon monoxide detector in the bedroom. On the outside of each sleeping area is a good place to put them in all areas of the house, including the basement, as most basements house utilities. Where else? “Other good locations are living rooms, the den or family area, and near stairwells leading down to the basement or upstairs to another level.”

Combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are also infiltrating the market. The deputy fire chief joked that Daylight Savings Time can be like “celebrating a birthday” of that vital little device you care about and which is constantly watching over you and your family.

For more information or questions, call the Manitowoc City Fire Department at (920) 686-6540.