OFD Reminds Residents to “Spring Forward”


To kick off Daylight Saving Time, clocks “spring forward” at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Before going to bed Saturday night, change the clocks throughout your home to reflect the time change. The Ottumwa Fire Department reminds everyone that this is also a perfect time to change the batteries in your home’s smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

To stay safe, replacing batteries in all smoke alarms should be done at least once a year, but changing them while changing all of your clocks serves as a great reminder. Smoke alarms should be tested once a month. If an alarm “chirps”, indicating the battery is low, replace the battery right away.

Some smoke alarms may be equipped with a 10-year lithium battery. If you have one of these, it is important to still test it. This is also a good time to practice your home fire evacuation plan, too.

Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years and there should be a date of manufacture located on the device. If you need your smoke alarms replaced, or installed. If you have questions about smoke alarms contact the Ottumwa Fire Department at 641-683-0667 extension #4. The Ottumwa Fire Department will also install carbon monoxide detectors.

The Ottumwa Fire Department reminds you that fire is everyone’s fight and to make every day a fire-safe day. 

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