This weekend we will "fall back" in time as part of the closing of day light savings time. While you're changing your clocks, it's a good time to check your smoke detectors too.
Fire officials say this is the perfect reminder to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when turning clocks back one hour.
Worn or missing batteries are the most common cause of alarm malfunction. Newer models have long-lasting batteries that don't need to be replaced, but thousands of homeowners still use older models that require batteries be replaced regularly.
Chief of the Nesquehoning Hose Company #1 shared some tips to ensure your alarm is in working order.
"We tell people to look at the smoke detector, take a vacuum cleaner and vacuum it off and get the dust particles out. Also test the batteries, even if you are getting a new set of batteries its best when you put them in to test them to make sure the unit is working properly," said Fire Chief John McArdle.
Officials also recommend having one smoke alarm on each floor of your home, including the basement.