Protect your Family: Change your Clocks, Change your Batteries
As residents prepare to “spring” forward and move their clocks up one hour for daylight saving time this Sunday, March 12, the Lombard Fire Department encourages residents to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
"Moving your clocks forward for daylight saving time is an excellent reminder to check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” said Fire Marshal Perry Johnson. “The simple act of changing the batteries in these devices could save your life and the lives of your loved ones.
As a reminder, an updated Smoke Alarm Law went into effect in Illinois on January 1, 2023, requiring any new smoke alarm installed within a single or multi-family home to be an alarm that features a 10-year sealed battery. Smoke alarms installed before the law went into effect are exempt from the requirement until they are 10 years old or until they fail to respond to the self-test or otherwise malfunction.