Spring Forward & Check Smoke Detectors

Daylight saving time officially starts this weekend in Alberta on Sunday, March 8, at 2 a.m. While your phones and computers will automatically “spring forward” one hour earlier, you’ll still have to check your smoke detectors.

So here are 5 tips to check your smoke detectors:

  1. Test alarms at least once a month by using the test alarm.
  2. For alarms with a removable battery’s, check the batteries every six months and change the batteries every year.
  3. Vacuum out any dust that may have accumulated in the detector.
  4. Install at least one smoke detector on every floor of the home, and in or near each sleeping area.
  5. Never paint a smoke detector, and do not install them near windows because a draft could interfere with the operation of the smoke detector.