The Amberley Village Police Department encourages residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms at least twice a year – at the beginning and end of daylight savings time.  Sunday, November 5th will mark the end of daylight savings time and while residents are changing their clocks, it’s a good time to change the batteries in smoke detectors.  Smoke alarms save lives and can cut the risk of dying in a fire by half.

Smoke alarms, when properly installed and maintained, provide early warning when fire occurs.  For the greatest protection, install a smoke detector on every level of your home and inside each sleeping area.  Also, develop an escape plan and make sure every family member knows what to do if the smoke alarm does sound.

Test smoke alarms at least once each month to ensure that they are working properly.  Vacuum the dust from inside the detector at least once every year.  Batteries in battery-operated alarms should be changed twice a year or whenever a detector “chirps” to signal low battery power.