Change your clocks, change your smoke-detector batteries this weekend! |

Change your clocks, change your smoke-detector batteries this weekend!

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 13, and with that, Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue encourages residents to change their smoke- and carbon monoxide-detector batteries.

Even “hard-wired” smoke detectors that are plugged in to the home’s electrical supply typically have a nine-volt backup battery to keep the detectors operating in case of a power outage. Often they will “chirp” when the batteries are dying – that means to change the batteries, don’t disconnect or disable the devices!

When changing batteries, make sure to test the audible siren by pushing the button; check that the vents are clean and not clogged with dust; and check the manufacture date. Typically, smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years, and carbon-monoxide detectors should be replaced every five years.

Both smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors should be placed on every level of the home as well as inside every bedroom. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation.

“Smoke-alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths,” said LDFR Chief Dave Parmley. “Smoke detectors have been proven time and again to be the single most important life-saving device in your home.”

Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue has a limited supply of free household smoke detectors available for distribution to needy families on a first-come basis, thanks to the generosity of the SERVPRO clean-up and restoration company.

Additionally, Lake Dillon Fire is offering free fire-extinguisher training to any business or community group of six or more people. If you’ve never used a fire extinguisher, this is a great opportunity to learn how they work and get practice before you ever need it.

To request a smoke detector installation or fire-extinguisher training for your business, contact Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue public-information officer Steve Lipsher at (970) 262-5209 or

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