As Californians prepare to “spring forward” and adjust their clocks one hour ahead for Daylight Savings Time, Cal Fire issued a reminder that it’s also time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms.

Cal Fire offered the following tips for smoke alarm safety:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, in the hallways leading to bedrooms and on each level of your home including the basement.
  • Do not install near windows or vents.
  • Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
  • For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once per year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.
  • Test your smoke alarm every month by simply holding down the test button.
  • Never paint over smoke alarms and routinely clean them from dust and cobwebs.