Daylight Savings Time Ends
For Immediate Release
November 2, 2017
Daylight Savings Time Ends - Change Clocks and Batteries!
“As we turn our clocks back an hour on Sunday, November 5th to end Daylight Savings Time, it is a good reminder to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors,” said Dale Lane, Shelby County Office of Preparedness Director. “Working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are important parts of a home safety plan and can save your life!” Please review these safety tips:
Have an escape plan! Hold family drills with the lights on and
off. Make sure everyone knows where to go when they get
outside. A meeting place in front of the house is best.
Smoke detectors: on every level of the home, in the basement, and inside and outside sleeping areas
Carbon monoxide detectors: on every level of the home with fuel burning appliances (5 to 20 feet from carbon monoxide sources such as furnace, water heater, or fireplace) and outside sleeping areas
Combination smoke / carbon monoxide detectors: follow manufacturer’s instructions for location and mounting height
Test: Push the “test” button once a month.
Batteries: If your device has disposable batteries, change them twice a year or if you hear the “chirp” (warning that the battery is low).
Replace: If your detector is 10 years old (from the date of manufacture), replace it. If your detector does not respond when you test it, replace it.
Interconnected detectors are best, so that when one sounds, they all sound.
If the carbon monoxide detector alarms: Immediately move to fresh air. Call 911 from the fresh air.
If the smoke detector alarms: Get outside and stay outside. Call 911 from outside.
If you cannot afford a smoke detector, please call your nearest fire station to apply for one.
RESOURCES: www.usfa.fema.gov and www.nfpa.org End Release