Daylight saving called good time to check smoke alarms

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is urging Ohioans to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when moving clocks back an hour Sunday.

Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of a home and inside and outside each sleeping area.

The office is also encouraging Ohioans to develop an escape plan with two ways out of the home, as well as make sure every family member knows what to do and where to meet outside if the smoke alarm sounds.

Additional tips include:

• Test smoke alarms at least once a month and vacuum the dust from inside the alarm at least once a year;

• Don’t “borrow” an alarm’s battery to use elsewhere;

• Change batteries at least twice a year — when daylight saving time begins and ends — or if an alarm sounds to signal low battery power;

• Replace alarms installed before November 2006.