The Iowa City Fire Department is reminding all residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when changing their clocks back one hour on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. Maintaining smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce injuries or fatalities.

As residents “fall back” this year, the Iowa City Fire Department recommends that residents find time to:

  • Change the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with removable batteries
  • Check 10-year sealed smoke alarms or those with 10-year batteries installed for date of installation of alarm or battery and replace as recommended by the manufacturer
  • Check smoke alarms for date of manufacture usually located on the back of the alarm
  • Smoke alarms older than 10 years should be replaced
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors by pushing the test button monthly
  • Develop a fire escape plan that includes two ways out of every room in the house
  • Practice the fire escape plan with your entire family
  • Prepare a home safety kit that includes a working flashlight and fresh batteries

For questions, contact Iowa City Fire Marshal Brian Greer at or 319-356-5257. 

Date of publication

Thursday, November 02, 2017