Hard to believe, but Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 a.m. The Philadelphia Fire Department reminds you to check your smoke alarms when you change your clocks. (Remember: We “fall back” one hour!)

The PFD recommends having one smoke alarm on each floor of your home. They should be 10-year smoke alarms, with sealed lithium-ion batteries.

  • Please test each alarm when you turn back your clocks.
  • Please check the date on your alarms. If they are more than 10 years old, they need to be replaced.
  • If you don’t have smoke alarms, you can request them for free through 311 or buy them at most hardware stores.
  • If your smoke alarms use 9-volt batteries, PLEASE replace them with smoke alarms that use 10-year, sealed lithium-ion batteries. You can buy them at most hardware stores or put in a request for free alarms through 311.

To promote this campaign, the PFD and Red Cross will team up to install smoke alarms on Saturday, Nov. 3 on the 2300 & 2400 block of Nicholas Street in North Philadelphia.

The Fire Department received nearly $1 million from FEMA last year to buy and install 26,000 traditional smoke alarms and 4,000 adaptive alarms for residents who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. So far, PFD members have installed more than 18,000 traditional and 1,300 adaptive alarms.