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Turn your clocks back one hour, change your smoke alarm batteries

Daylight Saving Time kicks in at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, and the St. Augustine Fire Department has a reminder for all households: it's a great time to change your smoke alarm batteries. 

After changing your batteries, push the test button to make sure the alarms are working. This is also a great time to check your carbon monoxide detectors.

Remember, smoke alarms save lives so here are some tips to keep you and your family safe:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Check monthly that smoke alarms are working properly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year.
  • Replace smoke alarms every ten years.

In addition to checking and replacing smoke alarm batteries, households should plan for fire emergencies by practicing fire drills at home.

Make sure all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home, and set up a meeting place outside in case of a fire. Practice escape plans from your home at least twice a year and at different times of the day.

If you need assistance in preparing your escape plan, you can contact the St. Augustine Fire Department at 904 825-1098. You can also visit our web page at for other helpful tips and information.