Change your smoke alarm batteries this weekend

Farmington Hills Fire Marshal Jason Olszewski says there’s a step you can take this weekend to keep your property and loved ones safe.

The department has joined others across America in the annual “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign, which encourages people to change their smoke alarm batteries when they change their clocks. The time change occurs this year on Sunday, March 11.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council

“It’s a simple and inexpensive way to protect your family and your home,” Olszewski said.

Since 1987, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and Energizer batteries have joined forces to raise awareness that non-working smoke alarms are often responsible for home fire deaths and injuries. Home fire deaths continue to decline thanks to the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” message.

The Farmington Hills Fire Department also provides free smoke alarms for any resident that requests them.

“We’ve installed hundreds of smoke alarms over the past 30 years, and will continue to do so until everyone who needs them has them,” Olszewski said.

Olszewski recommends replacing smoke alarms more than 10 years old with new 10-year lithium battery-powered smoke alarms.

“Their value cannot be overstated,” he said. “Consider that a new 10-year lithium battery-operated smoke alarm costs approximately $20, and compare this to $5 to $8 for an alkaline battery-operated alarm and then the cost and time of replacing those batteries twice a year over a 10-year period.”

Farmington Hills free smoke alarm program
Administrative Staff Lt. James Neufeld promotes the Farmington Hills Fire Department’s free smoke alarm installation program. (submitted photo)

This is also a good time to purchase or check carbon monoxide alarms. Thos more than 10 years old should immediately be replaced.

To learn more, contact Lieutenant Larry Gauthier in Fire Prevention at 248-871-2820 or

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