Daylight Saving Time ends; Change your clocks and your smoke alarms

Red Cross urges residents to test smoke alarms

Daylight Saving Time comes to an end as of 2 a.m. Sunday when clocks will fall back an hour giving many a much-needed extra hour of sleep. Changing alarm batteries at the beginning and end of Daylight Saving Time is a handy way to remember.

The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping.

The Williston Fire Department recommends you change your batteries at least twice a year and check the expiration date of the detector.

Pvt. Rahe says it's also important to have smoke alarms in every room, especially bedrooms. Smoke by itself doesn't provide a wake-up call, but a working smoke alarm surely does.


Carbon Monoxide is a odorless, colorless gas that is nearly impossible to identify without a detector. Experts say having a functioning smoke detector is a matter of life or death. "If not for the smoke detector sounding, this could have easily been a kitchen fire". Visit the NFPA website for more information on home escape planning. "A chirping alarm means the batteries are weak and need to be protected".

Prior to replacing the batteries, residents should review the recommendations provided by the alarm's manufacturer and replace the units themselves every seven to 10 years.

Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear the alarm sound.

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