It’s DST, Homeowners: Know what that Means?

March 10, 2012

Do you have a mantra?

If you are a national or Chicago real estate owner or renter, your mantra today should be “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries.”

Sunday, March 11 is daylight savings time, the day we spring forward, set our clocks ahead and lose an hour of sleep.

Despite the time loss, this is the perfect opportunity to ensure your home’s security.

The Illinois Smoke Detector Act states that all homeowners and landlords must have at least one smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector situated within 15 feet of any room used for sleeping and at least one on each floor.

But those alarms won’t do anything if they aren’t operating.

When you change your clocks, check your detectors to make sure they are working properly and change any batteries that aren’t up to snuff.

“There isn’t a better time to remind ourselves of the importance of having working smoke alarms in our homes at all times,” said Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis. “Something as simple as testing a smoke alarms’ efficiency and replacing outdated batteries offers some peace of mind for our families in the event of a fire.”

The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal also urges residents to change batteries in such items as flashlights, radios and other essential household devices, so they are there for you in time of need.

Once you have changed your clocks, checked your batteries and secured your home and family, you can go back to ohm . . . or whatever your mantra may be.

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