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Changing the clocks and checking the smoke detectors

Nov 2, 2019

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This is not only the weekend we turn our clocks back one hour, it’s also the time of year when local fire departments remind you about the need to maintain your smoke detector.

We return to Eastern Standard Time Sunday, at 2:00 a.m., which is when the clocks fall back by one hour.

And fire departments have usually taken the twice a year time change as an opportunity to remind homeowners and apartment dwellers about the need to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and test those devices as well.

The Rochester Fire Department is among the first responders putting out that word again this weekend, but they also want to remind you that in New York state, a law which took effect in April now requires all newly installed smoke detectors to be 10 year, sealed, non-removable battery detectors or hardwired detectors. 

These two variations of smoke detectors are now the only detectors being sold in stores.  However, if a home currently utilizes a smoke detector that is not one of these versions, officials say it’s ok to continue to use the old device until it no longer functions properly.

But even with the new, 10-year devices, fire officials say you should still test the detectors on a regular basis.

And the city fire department says it’s also a good time to make sure that you and other people in your house practice an escape route out of the home in the event of a fire.