Baltimore County firefighters have joined other officials in reminding the public to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings time (this Sunday at 2 a.m.).
The firefighters suggest checking the batteries twice a year, in the spring and fall, when we reset the clocks.
They say the smoke alarms are the best way of preventing house and apartment fire deaths. And carbon monoxide detectors can alert you to a deadly odorless gas produced by fuel-burning appliances. High levels can kill you in hours.
So, if you don't have working ones, get some batteries or replace them. You can get them at most hardware and home supply stores. In Baltimore City, you can request a free smoke detector and installation by calling 311.