Change your Clocks – Change your Batteries

This Sunday, November 5 we will set our clocks back one hour to end Daylight Savings time.  Now is the time we remind everyone to change the batteries in all of your home’s detectors, both Smoke alarms as well as Carbon Monoxide detectors.  By ensuring that the batteries in these life-saving tools are new, you can double your chances of surviving a home fire.

“This time of year marks the beginning of a greater risk of home fires so it is a great time to encourage changing batteries in these lifesaving tools”, said Jeff Morrissette, State Fire Administrator at the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, “Also, when you are changing the batteries, check for the date of manufacture on each unit.  Smoke and CO detectors should be replaced every ten years.” 

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA);

  • Three out of every five fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke detectors.

  • Ensuring that your smoke and carbon Monoxide detectors are working cuts your risk of fire death in half.

  • Smoke Alarms should be tested every month.

  • Check your detector’s manufacture date.  Alarms should be replaced after 10 years.

  • The newest alarms come with 10 year lithium batteries so they don’t need to be changed, just test them to make sure your family can hear them.



After changing batteries it is also a good time to practice your family’s escape plan.  Make sure everyone knows two ways out of every room and gathers at the designated meeting place. 

For additional fire safety information please see and click on the Fire prevention tab for a wealth of information about Smoke Alarms.  The Connecticut Fire Academy is the teaching arm of the Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control.  Part of their mission is educating the public in fire and burn prevention.