Change the Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms When You Change Your Clocks March 10, 2016 Fire Department, Photo Fire Safety The start of daylight saving time is a good occasion to replace batteries The Forsyth County Fire Department reminds citizens to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when we spring forward an hour this Sunday, March 13. Batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be changed every six to twelve months, making the start and end of daylight saving time a helpful twice-yearly reminder. After replacing batteries, the Forsyth County Fire Department suggests testing alarms at least once a month. Residents should review the recommendations of the unit manufacturer regarding battery replacement. The units themselves should be replaced every seven to ten years. The Fire Department also reminds citizens of the following safety precautions: Install a smoke alarm on every level of the home Ensure smoke alarms are clean and free of dust Dial 911 in case of any emergency The Fire Department’s Public Safety Education Division provides battery-powered smoke alarms free of charge for senior citizens and residents in need. To receive more details about this program, contact the Forsyth County Fire Department at (770) 205-5699 or email@example.com.