PRESS RELEASE - Spring Forward and Change Smoke Alarms

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March 12, 2021

UPPER DARBY FIRE DEPARTMENT REMINDS RESIDENTS TO CHECK SMOKE ALARM WHEN CHANGING THE CLOCK THIS WEEKEND

UPPER DARBY, PA: On Sunday, March 14, many states and municipalities throughout the U.S. will be turning their clocks forward. Upper Darby Fire Department Chief Derrick Sawyer urges residents to use this opportunity to change their home’s smoke alarm batteries as well.

“Fire is everyone’s fight,” Chief Sawyer said. “You can never be too careful when making sure that your home is protected by checking your smoke alarms.”

Because recently made smoke alarms are not all designed the same, here are some tips to help make sure all of your smoke alarms have working batteries, accounting for the multiple types of smoke alarms on the market and their varying battery requirements:

  1. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable 10-year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
  2. Smoke alarms with any other type of battery need a new battery at least once a year. If that alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
  3. When replacing a battery, follow the manufacturer’s list of batteries on the back of the alarm or manufacturer’s instructions. The manufacturer’s instructions are specific to the batteries (brand and model) that must be used. The smoke alarm may not work properly if a different kind of battery is used.