New Survey Finds Some Homeowners Could do more for Daylight Saving Time

The start of Daylight Saving Time is a good time to check the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home, but a new national survey by Mister Sparky®, finds some people may need to change more.

Mar 08, 2016, 12:00 ET from Mister Sparky

SARASOTA, Fla., March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --Daylight saving time officially starts this Sunday, March 13.  Electricians with Mister Sparky® say, as you go throughout your house changing the clocks in your home, it's also a good time to test the smoke alarms and check the carbon monoxide detectors too. If the batteries are low or haven't been replaced lately, add new batteries. A recent national survey conducted by Mister Sparky[1] found:

  • 41% of homeowners say they test their smoke alarms each month
  • 34% don't check smoke alarms monthly or replace the alarm every 10 years, as recommended by the National Fire Protection Association
  • Two-thirds (66%) of homeowners have a working carbon monoxide detector
  • 43% of homeowners in the south do not have a working carbon monoxide detector
  • A higher percentage of households with children (71%) have a working carbon monoxide detector

The National Fire Protection Association recommends that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are installed outside each bedroom and sleeping area and the alarms are interconnected so when one alarm sounds they all sound. They also recommend these are tested at least once a month and replaced every ten years.[2] While our survey results found many people are following the safety recommendations, many others are not. If you need installation help, call a licensed and qualified electrical professional or your local Mister Sparky.

Mister Sparky is currently ranked by Entrepreneur magazine as the #1 electrical franchise in the magazine's annual Franchise 500 (January 2016.) Our trusted professionals offer customers on-time electrical services, replacement and repairs done right the first time with courtesy, convenience, cleanliness, competence and character. Mister Sparky is part of the Direct Energy family of brands. ©2016 Clockwork IP, LLC

[1] The survey was conducted online by Research Now with 1,000 consumers. All are 18 years of age or older, a head of household, homeowners and participate in the decision-making process about the electrical systems in their homes. The data was collected between October 21 and 26, 2015.

[2] http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/safety-tip-sheets

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