(NC) It is synonymous with responsible home safety: When you change your clocks every spring and fall, you’re reminded to also change the batteries in all your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. But as catchy as the old “change clocks-change batteries” phrase is, many homeowners do not heed the advice. Non-working alarms are cited in most fatal house fires.

Fortunately, emerging technology may be starting to help.

“To help homeowners keep alarms powered always, we introduced worry-free alarm models with a sealed battery that lasts 10 years from installation,” says Carol Heller of Kidde, Canada’s #1 alarm company. “That means there’s no need to replace the battery during the alarm’s entire lifespan. More than a convenience, this saves money too.”

You can also say goodbye to those low-battery chirps that always seem to happen in the middle of the night.

Alarm lifespan is another challenge facing fire safety officials.

“It’s very important to recognize that alarms do not last forever,” Heller adds. “Over time, sensors can be affected by pet hair, cooking smoke and dust. So as is recommended by the National Fire Protection Association, all smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years, even if they are hardwired.”

During the time change, check your alarm’s age before installing a fresh battery so you don’t unknowingly power up an outdated system.

Find more information at www.kiddecanada.com.