Remember to Spring Ahead on March 9

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 9 at 2 a.m. – don’t forget to set your clocks ahead by one hour.

Firefighters are also reminding residents to spring into action by changing clocks, replacing batteries in smoke alarms and developing a family escape plan.

  • Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives – Ensure that you have a working smoke alarm on each floor of your home; additional smoke alarms can be placed in sleeping and kitchen areas. Test your smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries when you change your clock. Most smoke alarms are powered by your home’s electrical system. Be sure to replace their backup batteries so that the device(s) will work in the event of a power outage.
  • Develop an Escape Plan – Identify two ways out of each room in your home, and identify a meeting place for your family outside. Practice your plan at least twice a year – every time you change your clocks. Once outside, account for all family members at your designated meeting place, call 911 from a safe location, and NEVER go back inside a burning building for any reason.

Each year, fire officials say people die needlessly in residential fires that were started by preventable causes such as unattended cooking, improperly discarded smoking materials, unattended lit candles, space heaters and child fire play. These are lives that can be saved, according to firefighters. Smoke alarms save lives.

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