Change Your Clocks, Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries


Daylight Saving Time is November 1st and  Elmore County EMA would like to remind you as you move your clocks back an hour, don’t forget to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and other home safety devices.

Smoke alarm batteries should be changed at least once a year to make sure it operates properly when you need it the most.  When fire breaks out, you only have seconds to escape its heat, black smoke, and deadly gases.  Increase your chances of survival by maintaining the smoke alarms in your home.  Here are more tips for making your home safer:

  • Place a smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside each bedroom.
  • Check smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button
  • Never disable a smoke alarm when cooking
  • Smoke alarms wear out over time.  Replace yours if it’s more than ten years old
  • If you have any appliances in your home that use wood or natural gas for fuel, you should have at least one carbon monoxide (CO) detector.  Like smoke detectors, you should also change the batteries in your CO detector at least once per year.

For help with building your emergency preparedness plan or kit, please visit the Elmore County EMA website at or, you can visit for emergency preparedness information.