Change your clock, change your smoke alarm batteries

As the hands on our clocks fall back Nov. 5, the McKinney Fire Department (MFD) wants you to think about an important way to move fire safety forward as a priority in your home. The time changes twice a year, and it’s an excellent time to remember to check your smoke alarms and replace the batteries.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a home fire.

To protect your home, follow these smoke alarm safety tips:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home, including in the basement.
  • If the alarm chirps with a 10-year sealed lithium battery, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
  • For smoke alarms without the long-life lithium batteries, be sure to replace batteries at least once a year. If that alarm chirps, replace only the battery. Date each unit when they are installed and replace them after ten years – or sooner if they do not successfully pass the test by sounding the alarm when the test button is pressed.

In addition to changing smoke alarm batteries, it is also a good idea to practice a family escape plan:

  • Plan and practice two escape routes out of every room in your house.
  • Designate an outside meeting place.
  • In case of fire, call 9-1-1 once you are safely outside your home.
  • Once outside, stay outside and don’t return for anything – not even a pet.

By taking these simple steps, your chances of surviving a fire improve greatly. For more information, visit or call 972-547-2893.