Nov. 2, 2018
Change your clock, change your battery
Richmond, Va. —
As we enter the fall season, Daylight Saving Time will end at 2 a.m. this Sunday, Nov. 4.
According to a National Fire Protection Association fact sheet for smoke alarms in U. S. home fires, fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate:
• almost half (46 percent) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries,
• nuisance alarms were the leading reason for disconnected smoke alarms,
• dead batteries caused one-quarter (24 percent) of the smoke alarm failures, and
• only seven percent of the failures were due to hardwired power source problems, including disconnected smoke alarms.