Fire marshal: check batteries when changing clocks on Sunday
State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman reminds South Dakotans to check the batteries in their smoke alarms when they change their clocks this weekend, according to a news release. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 am local time Sunday morning, which means setting clocks ahead one hour. Residents can check their smoke alarms by pushing the test button on the alarm. If the alarm doesn’t sound, the batteries should be replaced. Additionally, Merriman advises testing the alarm at least once a month; installing alarms in every sleeping room, outside every sleeping area, and on every level of the house; and replacing alarms periodically or about every 10 years. Also, every family should have an emergency exit plan in case of a fire in the house. Nationally, many home fire deaths could be prevented by the presence of properly working smoke alarms in houses.
–By Capital Journal staff