Sunday we set our clocks ahead for Daylight Savings Time in anticipation of spring. It is also a time to safeguard your home from preventable tragedy by replacing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home.

The Fireman's Association of the State of New York offers these important safety tips.

Test detectors at least once a month by using the test button

Check the batteries every six months, and change the batteries every year.

Vacuum or blow out any dust from a detector that might accumulate in the unit

Never borrow a battery from a detector to use somewhere else.

Never paint a smoke detector or CO detector

Install at least one smoke alarm on every floor of your home, including the basement, and in, or near each sleeping area

Smoke detectors should NOT be installed near a window because drafts could interfere with their operation.

Families should also develop and practice a home escape plan.

Be safe and thanks for taking the time to read this blog, it may save your life or someone you love.

Photo by Kathy Whyte