As residents change their clocks this weekend as they “spring forward” into Daylight Saving Time, the Myrtle Beach Fire Department is also reminding everyone to change their smoke alarm batteries as well.
Smoke detector batteries should be changed at least twice a year to ensure they’re working properly, and fire authorities recommend making the potentially lifesaving change a habit at the beginning and ending of Daylight Saving Time.
Lives were saved last year when smoke alarms, which were freely given and installed by various Horry County partnering agencies, sounded off at Racepath Community homes in separate incidents, giving occupants enough time to get to safety, illustrating that the loud devices help save lives.
Residents who are unable to change or check their smoke detector batteries can call the Myrtle Beach Fire Department at 843-918-1221 and schedule a time for someone to come and assist them, Lt. Christian Sliker, Myrtle Beach Fire Department spokesman said.
In addition to changing smoke detector batteries, the National Fire Protection Association offered the following safety tips:
• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
• Test your smoke alarms every month.
• When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
• Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.