AUSTIN -- Sunday is the start of daylight saving time. It's time to spring forward an hour and Austin Fire Department says it is also a good time to check and change your smoke alarm batteries.
Firefighters cannot stress enough that smoke detectors are their number one tool to save and protect lives. Smoke alarms are the first indicator something is wrong.
“A 9-volt battery is the simplest, cheapest life insurance you can buy,” said Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr. “Austin has already suffered the loss of one life in a house fire earlier this year due to improperly discarded smoking materials; her life might have been saved if she would have had a working smoke alarm. That’s a sobering reminder that it only takes a few minutes to check and change the batteries, but it could save your life.”
Firefighters recommend placing smoke alarms on every floor and near bedrooms. They say it's critical to check and change batteries once a year
If you can’t remember to change batteries, consider buying a newer smoke detector with a 10-year lithium battery.