Change your Clock, Change your Battery

For 26 years Energizer, in partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), has been helping to keep families safe through their Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program.

On November 3rd, remember to test and change your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you change your clock back from Daylight Saving Time.

Families are encouraged to use the extra hour “gained” from the end of daylight saving time to review their home fire safety plans and remind their friends, family and neighbors of the life-saving habit of changing and testing smoke alarm batteries.  

"Battery operated smoke detectors need new batteries twice a year and this is an easy way to remember to change the batteries in them. When you change your clock for daylight savings time, then remember to change the battery in your smoke detectors, " said Ron Morgan, Lake Lure Fire Chief.

Every home should have at least one smoke detector on each level to wake occupants in case of fire while you are sleeping. If you have electric smoke detectors you still need a battery operated smoke detector to protect you when the power is out. Smoke detectors should also be tested once a month to insure that they are working.

Many people rent out their homes in the Lake Lure area and may not realize that several years ago North Carolina enacted a law requiring landlords to provide working smoke detectors in rental property. This means you are responsible to insure your smoke detector is working before renting a property and maintaining it in working order.

If you have any questions about smoke detectors, contact Lake Lure Fire Department at 828-625-9333 or by email