This weekend we sprung forward. AKA we all woke up Sunday morning tired and confused why the time on our phone didn't match any of our other clocks around the house. Daylight savings time happened this weekend.

So by now you've probably stumbled across all the clocks in your house and changed them. But you forgot something! Did you check the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors? If you didn't, it's a habit you should try and have.

We change the clocks twice a year, and that's also a good schedule when it comes to checking these life saving items around your house. I know it probably sounds like an annoying task, but it's a small thing that makes a huge impact on your family's safety.

So how do you check your smoke alarm and your carbon monoxide detector?

WIFR details -

If you find a fire alarm in your house that’s not working or expired, the Illinois State Fire Marshal says to replace them immediately with a ten year sealed battery.

You can find those batteries online.

It's also a good idea to make a fire escape plan with your family. Especially if you have pets and kids, you want to make sure that if you're ever faced with an emergency you don't waste any time figuring out a plan. Instead you just act on your plan and get to safety.

So you changed the clocks, now make sure you're prepared for an emergency.


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