Check Your Batteries Day

On the second Sunday in March, a holiday is celebrated called Check Your Batteries Day. This day encourages people to test their batteries and ensure they are working correctly and don’t need to be replaced. Nowadays, modern homes use a variety of battery-operated devices.

Batteries are in our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, flashlights, clock radios, portable razors, cameras, garage door openers, and television remote controls. And since many of these products use different types of batteries, most people will want to make sure they have the assortment of batteries they need for day-to-day life.

The History of Check Your Batteries Day

This holiday falls on or around Daylight Saving Time, a time when people are encouraged to replace the batteries in their smoke detectors. After all, working smoke detectors save lives, but these devices can only do their job if they have good batteries installed in them.

So whoever invented Check Your Batteries Day was pretty smart for placing this holiday during this time. Unfortunately, we have no idea who originally invented this holiday or even when they invented it. That seems like a mystery that has been lost to time.

Some Semi-Interesting Facts About Batteries

As you read this article about Check Your Batteries Day, you might be wondering how it could get even more exciting. But we managed to somehow do it. Below are some semi-interesting facts about batteries that will excite just about anyone reading today.

  • Alessandro Volta invented the first battery in 1799.
  • Over 15 billion batteries are made and sold around the world every year.
  • Americans purchase nearly 3 billion batteries each year. That’s one-fifth of all batteries sold.
  • Eveready’s battery plant is capable of producing over 600 battery parts every single minute.
  • National Battery Day is celebrated on February 18th.
  • The most popular batteries in the world are lead-acid, alkaline, NiCd, NiMH, Li-Ion, and LiPO.
  • The battery was invented before the electric generator.
  • A common science experiment is to make a battery using fruit juice and a few household components.

Observing Check Your Batteries Day

Okay, folks, this is the day you’ve been waiting for all year long. It’s a day to check to make sure that the batteries in your remotes, smoke detectors, and other essential household products have working batteries.

It’s also a good day to test your smoke detectors once you’ve added new batteries to them and a day to buy spare batteries for the household. People can also spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #CheckYourBatteriesDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 10 Sunday
Next year (2025)
March 9 Sunday
Last year (2023)
March 12 Sunday
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