It’s almost that time of year: daylight saving time (DST)! Don’t forget to “fall back” and reset your clocks this Sunday! According to historians, daylight-savings time likely first created in the 18th century and was meant to help save energy. When the clocks were turned back, people had an extra hour of daylight that could be utilized, rather than waste energy on lighting. The United States also used daylight-saving time during both World Wars as an energy-conservation measure, and then kept it during peacetime and to this day!
Check Your Smoke Detectors, Too!
Additionally, DST is a great reminder to check the batteries in and test your smoke detectors! Dead batteries are responsible for 25% of smoke alarm failures. We recommend setting an annual reminder for an easy to remember date, like an anniversary or holiday! You should install smoke alarms outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home. It’s also important to remember that larger homes will need extra smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Additionally, all household alarms should interconnect so that when one sounds, they all sound.
You should replace your entire smoke alarm system every ten years, and you may even want to consider a smart system! Smart smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors, as well as flood detectors, can raise an alarm on your phone when there’s a leak. Farmers Insurance even offers discounts to homeowners who have invested in protective equipment for their home! Click here to read more of our blog posts regarding home fire safety.