Spring forward, fall back. Yes, it’s that time again. Managing editor Tami Roleff reminds us to not only change our clocks, but also smoke alarm batteries…
Daylight Saving Time ends tonight, which means it’s time to change our clocks again. In March, we “spring” forward one hour, so on the first Sunday in November, we “fall” back, gaining that hour we “lost” eight months ago. The official time change is 2 a.m. Sunday, but for most of us, that means we’ll need to set our clocks back one hour before we go to bed tonight. The San Bernardino Fire Department urges residents to use the time change as a reminder to change the batteries in your smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms are extremely important in providing you early warning to get out in case of a fire. Some smoke alarms have a 10-year lithium battery and there is NO need to change these batteries every year. After 10 years you replace the smoke alarm with a new one. Reporting for Z107.7, this is managing editor Tami Roleff.
… On the subject of alarms, there are different types of alarms, with a variety of features. An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. The County Fire Department suggests installing both types, or a combination alarm that uses both technologies. There are also recordable alarms ( on which you record a brief message for your family), alarms for hearing impaired, and alarms that combine technology with carbon monoxide detectors.