Replacing your aging smoke detectors

The date printed on a smoke detector is the manufacture date (KOIN)

SPRINGFIELD Mass. (WWLP) – We’re reminded to replace the batteries in our smoke detectors when we change our clocks ahead and back each spring and fall.

Next week is fire prevention week. This year’s fire prevention week is focusing on replacing aging smoke alarms and while it is important to change the batteries in your smoke detectors it’s also important to get a new alarm when the one you have reaches a certain age.

Jim Madden from Springfield told 22News, “I do I change the batteries faithfully and I also look at the date and change the some alarms if in fact the date says they’re outdated.”

You should replace your smoke alarm every 10 years and it is from the time it was manufactured not when you bought it. The date can be found on the back of the alarm. You should also try and get a smoke alarm that is photoelectric and that is also combined with a carbon monoxide detector.

Daylight Saving time comes to an end on Sunday, November 6th so you should be sure to change your smoke alarm batteries then.