Check All Your Batteries at the End of DST

November 05, 2011

If you are a Chicago Real Estate Forum RSS Feed subscriber, you are reading this on Sunday, November 6. Did you turn your clocks back?

Sunday at 2 a.m. was the official end of Daylight Savings Time, when homeowners should be acting on the mantra said biannually: Change your clocks, change your batteries.

This is the time to check or change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

“Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives by alerting you to a fire or CO buildup. They can’t do their job if the batteries aren’t working,” said Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “Protect your family by replacing smoke and CO alarm batteries at least once each year.”

Your home should have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level and outside bedrooms. You can even get combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Not only does the CPSC recommend changing the batteries at least once a year but also that homeowners test the alarms monthly.

And, while you are checking batteries inside your home this weekend, be sure to check the one outside: Your car battery.

“Don’t be one of the 78 percent of Americans who wait for their car battery to die before replacing it,” said Chris Caruso, GM of DieHard.

“What many don’t understand is that summer heat can have a substantial impact on car-battery failure. A battery starts dying in the summer and fails in the winter when it’s trying to start a cold engine.”

It is recommended to replace a car battery before the fourth winter season of use. If this winter is anything like the last one, a dying car battery is one of the last things a Chicago resident needs.

So, check all your batteries this weekend as you “fall back” and enjoy the extra hour of sleep. Before we know it, we’ll be “springing forward” and losing an hour of sleep. But, if you do what you need to do, you won’t be losing sleep over the stress of dead batteries.

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