As daylight savings time goes into effect this weekend, the Rockford Fire Department is reminding everyone that as you set your clock an hour ahead, you should also check your smoke detectors.
According to the United States Fire Administration, more than 3,500 people die in home fires each year, most of which are in homes without a working smoke alarm. To date, there has not been a fatal fire in Rockford where a working smoke detector was present.
“A working, properly installed smoke alarm lowers your chances of dying in a fire,” said Rockford Fire Division Chief Matthew Knott. “Please take a few minutes this weekend to check your smoke alarms and review your fire safety plans with your family.”
Officials also recommend all families have working carbon monoxide alarms in their homes.