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Daylight Saving Time

March 12, 2023

To kick off Daylight Savings 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 and if that is so please test your alarms to be sure that they are operating properly. This is also a good time to practice your home fire evacuation plan.

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, installed or 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.


March 12, 2023