Daylight Savings begins this Sunday, which means that at 2:00 a.m. the clocks spring forward and we “lose” an hour of sleep. This year, Delta Air Systems is proud to support the “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries” campaign to urge homeowners to check their smoke alarms as they adjust their clocks.
Smoke alarms are lifesaving, but many homeowners forget to examine and maintain them. Hardly anyone schedules a time to test alarms or check batteries. With this campaign, we urge everyone to use the onset of Daylight Savings as a reminder that it’s time to thoroughly check their smoke alarms.
- Change the batteries in all of your smoke alarms — even if the low battery alarm is not going off.
- Dust and vacuum the unit to prevent grime buildup that could interfere with the smoke alarm.
- Use the test button to ensure the smoke alarm is in good working order.
- Ensure your smoke alarms have not expired. Most units only have a lifespan of 10 years so if you are unsure how old yours are, it’s best to replace them.
The location of where smoke alarms are installed and the number of working alarms in the home is important too:
- Ontario law requires that there are working smoke alarms on every floor of a home and outside all sleeping areas. For additional security, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom.
- Don’t install smoke alarms near air vents, windows or ceiling fans as this can interfere with the smoke alarm’s ability to work effectively.
- If your smoke alarm often goes off while you’re cooking — DO NOT REMOVE THE BATTERY. Instead, move the alarm to a better location or replace it with a photoelectric unit.
Delta Air Systems wants you and your family living in a comfortable and safe home. We hope that all of our clients will take a moment at the start of Daylight Savings to check the smoke detectors in your home.
If you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Updated: March 2020