Its almost time to spring our clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time.
Daylight Savings Time for 2022 officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 13. This Saturday night, remember to change the clocks throughout your home to reflect the time change, though many smart devices will do so automatically. The Ottumwa Fire Department also reminds residents that this is a good time to change the batteries in your home’s smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
For optimal protection, replacing batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be done at least once a year, but changing them while changing all of your clocks serves as a great reminder. Smoke alarms should be tested once a month. If an alarm “chirps”, that is an indicator that the battery is running low and should be immediately replaced.
Residents who need smoke alarms replaced, installed or who have questions about smoke alarms can contact the Ottumwa Fire Department at 641-683-0667 extension #4. The Ottumwa Fire Department will also install carbon monoxide detectors.