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Change Your Clock / Change Your Batteries

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As we change our clocks one hour back on Sunday, November 2, 2014, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reminds residents to change the batteries in every smoke and carbon monoxide detector device in their home.

Carbon monoxide detectors are required by SB-183 to be installed outside of each sleeping area in traditional dwellings.  For maximum protection against CO gas, the Los Angeles County Fire Department also recommends that a CO device be installed in each sleeping room.

Follow these simple tips when handling and maintaining smoke detectors:

  • Test your smoke alarms for proper operations at least twice each year.
  • Clean your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors so they are free of lint and dust build up.
  • Change the batteries in every smoke and carbon monoxide detector device in your home at least twice each year when you change your clocks.
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms are now required by law in California. (SB-183)
  • Most importantly!  Have two (2) planned escape routes from your home with a designated meeting place outside for all members of your family, and conduct fire drills at home regularly.