Press release from Gloucester County.
On Nov. 4 at 2 a.m., daylight saving time will officially end and clocks need to be changed back an hour. The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders encourages residents to use this upcoming change to remind themselves to also check their smoke detectors.
“Using the time it takes to reset the clocks in our homes that don’t manually do it themselves to also check that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and any accessories in emergency kits are still in working order is a great way to accomplish two important and otherwise easy tasks in one go,” said Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger.
“Checking your smoke detectors’ batteries while resetting your clocks could ultimately save your loved one's lives,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Joe Chila. “Smoke and other detectors should be replaced every ten years to ensure maximum efficiency in keeping homes and families safe.”
Chila, Liaison to the Department of Emergency Response said that a free smoke detector is available to residents in need by contacting the Gloucester County Fire Marshal at (846)307–7912.
Batteries should be replaced at least twice a year in smoke detectors, making daylight saving time a great excuse to do so. Residents are encouraged to change batteries and check detectors when daylight saving begins, and a second time when it ends.