If it’s time to change the time – think smoke detectors

Fall back at 2 a.m. Sunday

The Laguna Beach Fire Department wants to ensure that all residents check their smoke alarm batteries on Nov 2, when they move their clocks back for daylight savings.  On average, 60% of fire related deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or smoke alarms that were not working properly. 

The LBFD offers the following tips for making sure smoke alarms are maintained and working properly.

Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button and make sure everyone in your home knows their sound. 

If a smoke alarm “chirps” indicating a low battery, replace the battery immediately.  

Replace smoke alarms if they do not respond properly when tested.

Never remove or disable a working smoke alarm.

The Laguna Beach Fire Department offers free batteries and the installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for residents of Laguna Beach. These items are intended for property owners of residential properties; not apartment and/or income properties. To participate in the Fire Department program, please visit the following website: and complete the “Free Smoke Alarm” sign up form.  A representative from the Fire Department will contact you and schedule an appointment to determine how many detectors are needed and install them. 

Please remember, this program is not intended to install detectors in each room, only to provide one on each floor. 

For more information, contact Ed Valdez, LBFD Division Chief, 949-497-0700 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.