Daylight savings is this Sunday which means it’s time to change your clock, but Winchester Fire and Rescue is also reminding the community to change their smoke detector batteries.
According to Winchester Fire and Rescue, the most common cause of smoke alarms not working is missing or worn batteries.
Eighty percent of child fire fatalities occur in homes without working smoke alarms, but fire officials say that tragic statistic could be reduced if people remember to change their batteries when they change their clocks.
It is recommended to change and test out smoke detector batteries every six months.
“We encourage testing every month so that’s always something fun for the children to do. You can get them involved whether you get a broom handle or you hold them up so that they can push that test button. And it ensures that it’s working and lets them know what it sounds like,” said Jeremy Luttrell, Fire Marshall, Winchester Fire and Rescue.
Residents who need assistance replacing their batteries or testing alarms can contact the Winchester Fire Department at 540-662-2298.