It's clock changing time this weekend, but here's another change you should make while you're at it.

Confession time. The carbon monoxide detector at my house is disconnected right now, because it needs new batteries. Batteries, which, by the way, are sitting on an end table close to where the detector belongs. Not doing us much good there are they? So when I saw this message come across my desk, I knew I needed to rectify my situation and give you all the heads up too.

The Everyday Hero CT volunteer firefighter recruitment campaign suggests that with the end of Daylight Savings Time this Sunday Nov. 5, you do something more than set your clock back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

Time to remember to also change smoke alarm and carbon monoxide (CO) detector batteries. And while you're at it, they have some other suggestions for you .

  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button
  • Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn’t respond properly when tested
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old
  • Smoke alarms with nonreplaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away
  • Smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery

Stay safe, my friends.

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