CFD Reminds Families - Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

Charlotte, NC
Shah-Khan, Cynthia

First Alert Batteries.jpgDaylight saving time starts Sunday; check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors


CHARLOTTE, NC – Temperatures are rising, grass is turning green and trees are starting to bud. We're just a few weeks away from the first day of spring, and that means it's time to "spring ahead." Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. this Sunday, March 13, and families will "spring ahead," setting clocks ahead one hour.

When you're changing those clocks, remember to take the time to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Almost two-thirds of fire deaths happened in homes with no smoke alarms or smoke alarms that weren't working.

CFD partners with community organizations and businesses to provide and install smoke alarms and safety information to qualified homeowners who cannot afford one. Last month, First Alert joined the Super Bowl fun by pledging to donate 1,000 carbon monoxide alarms for every Carolina Panthers safety. Even though the Panthers didn't score a safety, First Alert donated 200 alarms to the department.

Find out more about the program by calling the CFD Smoke Alarm Hotline at 704-336-2697, completing the Smoke Alarm Request Form or emailing


Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries: (courtesy of NFPA):

  • Smoke alarms with non-replaceable 10-year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm.
  • Smoke alarms with any other type of battery need a new battery at least once a year. If that alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
  • When replacing a battery, follow manufacturer's list of batteries on the back of the alarm or manufacturer's instructions. Manufacturer's instructions are specific to the batteries (brand and model) that must be used. The smoke alarm may not work properly if a different kind of battery is used.
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Smoke alarms should be maintained according to manufacturer's instructions.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Make sure everyone in the home understands how to respond to the sound of the smoke alarm.
  • Follow manufacturer's instructions for cleaning to keep smoke alarms working well. The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet.