Today we turn our clocks ahead! 

As we have had a lot of local fires last week, here are some safety tips to consider to do TODAY when you move your clocks forward... 

  • Change smoke detectors or the batteries in the detectors. The state of Massachusetts fire code suggests smoke detectors need to be changed every 7 years and carbon monoxide detectors need to be changed every 5 years. If they are within the age, add fresh batteries to them. If they are older, then replace them. Invest in the Lithium battery ones that have a permanent battery in them that cannot be removed and has a battery life of 7 years. 
  • Smoke detectors need to be within 10 feet of a bedroom and you should have one on every floor, including the basement. If you need help with this, call 508.808.1149 or message Kim at and we'll give you contact information for a professional that changes detectors.
  • Today is also a good day to change the batteries in your thermostats!  Nothing like waking up to a cold home which could had prevented by just changing of the batteries. 
  • When was the last time you changed or cleaned out your dryer vent? This is a major reason for home fires as well. Lint gets caught in the line and can create a fire. Make sure that no snow is blocking vents around you home. 
  • If you have a generator, do NOT run it in the house or in the garage, as it creates carbon monoxide and is a fire hazard. Try to relocate it outside as far from the buildings as possible.