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Now that you’ve reset your clocks, how about replacing those smoke detector batteries?

You’ve run all over the house resetting the clocks on the wall, the clock on your microwave, the clock on your coffee maker, and  . . . .well, you’re still trying to figure out how to reset the clock in your car. That can wait.

What can’t wait is the other chore you need to do when the time change happens twice a year — change the batteries in all of your smoke detectors. Sure, it’s a cliche, but it’s important, for two reasons: One, you want those things to be operating at their best so your family will be safe in case there’s a fire (or in the case of my family, in case Daddy does the cooking.) And two, it’s SUPER annoying when the alarm starts chirping in the middle of the night because the battery is dying.


I happen to have a dog named Zoe who’s 15-plus years old. She doesn’t hear that well anymore, except for one thing — every once in awhile, that aggravating “CHIRP” echoes through the house, and for some reason, it drives Zoe insane. She starts panting, roaming the house, licking the floors, whining . . . . and all the while I’m creeping around corners waiting to hear that thing chirp again so I can track it down. Was it the smoke detector in the hall outside the bathroom? In the kid’s room, in the kitchen? WHERE THE HECK IS IT COMING FROM?????

My point is, even if you don’t have an aging dog with selective hearing loss, you can avoid all that hassle. Just get yourself a nice big bargain pack of 9-volts, and change all the batteries right now. That’s why Daylight Saving Time always starts and ends on a weekend — so you have all day Sunday to change your clocks, and then get a stepladder out, walk through the house, and change those batteries. And while you’re at it, maybe get the kids together and talk about an escape plan in case there’s ever a real fire. It’s one of those things I bet 99 percent of us never do, and as we’ve learned around the Northwest recently, you just never know when you’ll need it.

Read more about it here. And then don’t worry about it until we go back to Standard Time on November 6!

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