A friendly reminder from the Environmental Health and Safety Office:
Daylight Savings began on Sunday, March 10. After “springing forward” an hour, take a moment to check the smoke alarms in your home.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years, or whenever they do not respond to a battery test (which should be done monthly). It is recommended that smoke alarms with regular batteries be changed once a year (or whenever they start chirping). If your smoke alarms have non-removable batteries, replace the entire unit if they begin chirping, but at least every 10 years.
For more information on smoke alarm maintenance and safety precautions, visit the National Fire Protection Association at www.nfpa.org.