The State's fire marshall office is promoting changing the batteries in your smoke detectors when you change the time on your clock this weekend.
Saturday night is the expiration of Daylight Saving Time and State Fire Marshall Matt Perez calls this Saturday a good built in reminder to get new batteries in your smoke alarms as well.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that between 2009 and 2013 three in five home fire deaths occurred in homes that either did not have smoke alarms or the alarms did not work. More than half of the non-working smoke alarms either had missing or disconnected batteries. Dead batteries caused nearly a quarter of smoke alarm failures.
Illinois law requires every household to have smoke alarms within 15 feet of every bedroom and at least one alarm on each floor of the home.
Families are encouraged to test those alarms at least once a month.