Time to check battery in smoke detectors



It’s that time of year again. No, not the annual “fall back” end of daylight saving time early Sunday morning — although that’s happening, too.

It’s time to check your smoke alarm battery, according to the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Every year as time shifts, the office spreads the word that folks should check their fire alarm batteries to make sure they’re working properly.

In general, batteries should be changed once a year, and alarms should be replaced once every eight to 10 years, the office said.

Most alarms take 9-volt batteries, but it’s advisable to check before going to the hardware store to get a replacement.

Dead or misaligned batteries are the most common cause of fire alarm failure, the office said.