Springtime is just around the corner, and Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 10th. In addition to turning your clocks forward one hour to reflect the time change, you should be switching out the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure full functionality and safety through the spring, summer and into the fall. Many fire and safety professionals recommend changing batteries during Daylight Savings Time in order to have a landmark to remember the occasion by every six months.

Changing Your Batteries

Make sure you have your owner’s manual handy when you prepare to change your batteries in order to know the process and how to check for malfunctions. After sliding the unit off the base, you will be able to access the battery compartment. Remove the current batteries and insert new, fresh batteries before placing the unit back onto the base. If the unit beeps once, the batteries and the unit have been installed correctly.

Testing the Smoke Detector

You should be testing your smoke detector each month to make sure it is working properly. When the batteries are beginning to reach the end of their lifespan, the detector will start to chirp intermittently throughout the day and night, often making it difficult for you to sleep. When you replace the batteries in your detector, make sure you replace them throughout your home to prevent malfunctions. Test each detector in your home at least once per month to make sure all batteries are working. You can do this by pressing the test button on each unit, which will be clearly labeled.

Fire Alarm Maintenance & Installation in Pembroke & Marshfield MA

If you are in need of an upgrade to your fire alarm system or are looking for routine maintenance, contact Basco Security today. Basco Security can be reached by calling 781-294-4166 or filling out our online contact form.