FFD: Change Smoke Detector Batteries At Time Change
The Findlay Fire Department is suggesting you put fresh batteries in your smoke detectors over the weekend when you move your clocks ahead for the Daylight Saving Time time change.
We spoke with Inspector Eric Wilkins, who told us there’s nothing in our houses more important to safety than a smoke detector.
He says batteries should be replaced every six months and smoke detectors last about ten years before they should be replaced.
Instead of “smoke detectors save lives”, Inspector Wilkins says he says “working smoke detectors save lives” because if it’s not functional it isn’t going to help.
He says when they have a fire in which a smoke detector didn’t go off to alert the occupants it’s usually because of human error, such as dead batteries or the detector was taken down because it was going off during cooking and wasn’t put back up.
People are also urged to have carbon monoxide detectors in their home as well.