As the end of Daylight Saving Time approaches this Sunday, November 3, the Seattle Fire Department wants to remind local residents to change the 9V batteries in their smoke alarms when they set their clocks back. Lithium long-life smoke alarm batteries do not need to be changed yearly.
“Changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce home fire deaths. In fact, working smoke alarms can cut the risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half by providing an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape,” writes the SFD.
SFD wants to emphasize the importance of having functioning smoke alarms in every home in Seattle. The SFD can install smoke alarms and batteries free of charge in homes where the homeowner is either a senior citizen, living on a low income, or has a disability. Click here to find out more.
If you are renting a property your landlord is responsible for providing you with a smoke alarm.