Time change means changing the batteries in smoke alarms

On Sunday morning at 2 a.m. Missourians will be changing the time to Central Standard Time, which means clocks will be set back one hour. Each year this is also a time designated to make sure that there are working smoke detectors in your home. Lebanon Fire Chief Sam Schneider reminds everyone to test their smoke alarm and change the batteries when you change the time….


According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 38 percent of home fire deaths are the result of no smoke alarms in the home. About half of home fire deaths occur between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep, and that’s why it’s important to have working smoke alarms to wake you up if there is a fire. Smoke alarms should be installed in every sleeping room and on every level of the home.