Help us help you prevent fires and carbon monoxide accidents. A good time to test and change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is when changing clocks on Saturday (November 2) for daylight savings.

Although some newer models of smoke alarms use a battery with a 10-year life span, it’s beneficial to ensure those batteries are working.

Smoke alarms can save lives by alerting people about fire. Residential smoke alarms in each bedroom, hallways outside bedrooms and on each building level (including basements) generally cover a house adequately.

Carbon monoxide alarms can help save lives by warning of elevated levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless and colorless gas.

For safety, carbon monoxide alarms should generally be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area, on every level of the home and in any other locations required by law.

Learn more about fire safety. For more information about smoke detector safety call 507-387-8577.