State fire marshal: Test smoke alarms when turning clocks back for Daylight Saving Time

State fire marshal: Test smoke alarms when turning clocks back for Daylight Saving Time

MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - Many of us are looking forward to that extra hour of sleep this weekend with Daylight Saving Time.

According to a news release from the Mississippi Fire State Fire Marshal's Office, fire marshal Mike Chaney reminds residents to not only turn your clocks back one hour on Nov. 1 at 2 a.m., but to also test your smoke alarm.

"A smoke alarm is one of the most important things needed in every home, and Daylight Savings Time is the perfect time to make sure yours is working properly," Chaney said in the news release.

He and the Fire Marshal's Office stress that working smoke alarms in a home can reduce one's risk of dying in a fire by almost half. Smoke usually fail to operate when batteries are missing, disconnected or dead.

Here are some smoke alarm safety tips:
•Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
•Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
•Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
•Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn't respond properly when tested.
•Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
•For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.