Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday with clocks set forward one hour. And as part of a tradition aimed to save lives, the Newport Beach Fire Department is using the Daylight Saving Time change to remind residents to replace smoke alarm batteries.
“Once the batteries have been replaced, be sure to test the alarms,” fire officials said in a statement. “This simple act will help protect you and your family in the event of a fire.”
Most residential structure fires occur between 10 p.m. and 6 a .m., and smoke alarms save hundreds of lives a year and cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half, the statement said.
Smoke alarms should be cleaned at least once a year; batteries should be tested monthly. For smoke alarms that use the 9-volt batteries (as compared to the newer 10-year battery life smoke detectors), fresh (not “borrowed”) batteries should be installed twice a year. Smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years. It is recommended that old smoke detectors are replaced with the newer 10-year battery life models.
For more fire safety information, call the Newport Beach Fire Department at (949) 644-3104.