Sunday November 5th marks the end of Daylight Savings Time. The clock officially rolls back at 2:00am Sunday morning. Our good friends at Maxons Restorations have put together a guide which should be followed when changing your clocks (The same routine we mentioned back in March). Daylight Savings Time is the perfect reminder to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. (You do have them, right?)

Here is some more helpful advice:

Check Your Alarms
After inserting fresh batteries in your alarms, make sure the alarms working by activating the safety test button.

Count Your Alarms
Maxons highly recommends that you have a properly functioning alarm in every sleeping room and the hallway directly adjacent to those rooms.

Clean Your Alarms
Help your alarms remain sensitive and ready to protect you by gently using a vacuum cleaner once a month to remove dust and cobwebs.

Retire Your Old Alarms
Replace any smoke alarms older than ten years. Replace any CO alarms older than five years.

Plan & Practice Your Escape
Children are at increased risk of a home fire because they often become scared and confused when a fire erupts. Make sure your children recognize the sound of your home’s alarms and teach them to respond instinctively to its signal.

Plan & Practice Your Escape Route
Create at least two different escape routes from every room and practice them. Be sure all family members know the lifesaving practice of crawling below the dangerously thick smoke and intense heat of a fire.

Check Your Flashlights
Make sure your emergency flashlights work when you need them. It is a good idea to keep a working flashlight and a whistle near your bed, in the kitchen, basement and family room.

Install Fire Extinguishers
Install at least one fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen and know how to use it.
For safety tips and installation guides for your detectors visit the National Fire Protection Association.

Photo Credit: Katy Warner (CC BY-SA 2.0) and tookapic (CC0 1.0)