The State Fire Marshal is urging you to make it a priority to ensure your home is equipped with working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors as you spring forward to Daylight Saving Time and set your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday.
Daylight Saving Time officially begins on Sunday morning at 2 a.m.
Rich Miller says the risk of dying from a fire in a home without working smoke alarms is twice as high as in a home that has working smoke alarms.
Miller says many homes still have only one smoke alarm and that's simply enough. He says there should be working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom and in the basement.
Miller recommends buying newer models of smoke alarms with lithium batteries that will last the life of the unit. Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested. Test all smoke alarms at least once a month by using the test button and replace batteries once a year.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency, your risk of dying in a house fire is cut in half with a working smoke alarm. Approximately two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties where no smoke alarms were present or were not working properly.
Smoke alarms usually fail due to missing, disconnected, or dead batteries. People often remove or disconnect batteries because of nuisance activations - a chirping sound that warns of a low battery.