Daylight Saving Time ended at 2 a.m. Sunday, and fire departments across the state are reminding you to change not only your clocks, but also the batteries in your smoke detectors. Since it’s recommended that those batteries be changed every six months, public safety officials say the switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time, and back to Daylight Saving Time in March, is a convenient reminder.
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One couple in Galesburg credits that reminder for saving their lives recently.
“He changed his battery,” said Galesburg Fire Marshal Dan Foley. “The next week, he had a problem with his dryer. The dryer created some smoke, a small fire. His wife was asleep on the first floor. Chances are if he hadn’t changed, he may have gotten a slower response or reaction or notification that there was smoke in his house.”
Foley says you should also change the batteries in carbon monoxide detectors, and test both detectors to make sure they’re working properly.