It’s time for a change. With Daylight Saving Time beginning Sunday at 2 a.m., the time is right to change the batteries in smoke detectors.
“Please, test the smoke alarms and change the batteries when changing your clocks,” said McMinnville Fire Department interim Chief Bryan Denton.
Daylight Saving Time, Uniform Time Act of 1966, is designed to add an hour of sunlight to the end of the day during the warm weather months. The event gives way to longer days, but the loss of an hour of sleep.
While batteries should be changed at once a year, Denton says the time change is a good reminder for those who need it.
“I know it is sometimes hard to remember to change the batteries in smoke detectors,” he said. “We just don’t think about it. When you change your clock, change the batteries. It’s an easy way to remember it.”
Batteries still have some life left in them? Keep them in a drawer to use on toys or tools that your life doesn’t depend on, says Denton.
“Use them in something else or save them,” said Denton. “I would rather have a few used batteries in a drawer, than a smoke detector that has a dead battery in it. Hopefully, you will never need the smoke detector. If you do, it could save your life. That’s worth a few wasted batteries.”
Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 4.