With Daylight Saving Time ending this weekend, Clark County fire and building officials are reminding the public to change the batteries in their home smoke detectors.
Clocks turn back one hour for the return of Standard Time at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. Officials say the fall time change is good time of year to get into the potentially life-saving habit of changing batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. "Smoke alarms save lives," said Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell. "If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out safely."
Officials say when smoke alarms fail to operate it's usually because the batteries aren't working. The National Fire Protection Association also recommends replacing smoke alarms if they are 10 years old. "Making sure the smoke alarms in your home are properly operating is a low-cost way to keep you and your family safe in the event of a fire," said Building & Fire Code Official Jerry Stueve, director of the County's Department of Building and Fire Prevention." Suggested tips for smoke alarms include:
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and replace immediately if they don't respond properly when tested.
- Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and how to respond.
- Chirping alarms are a warning sign that that battery is low and needs to be replaced.
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
- Smoke rises; install smoke alarms following manufacturer's instructions high on a wall or on a ceiling.
- Smoke alarms with strobe lights and vibration devices are available for hearing impaired people.
Residents are encouraged to practice a home escape route with your family at least twice a year. Planning includes identifying all possible exists and escape routes in your home, drawing up a plan, and discussing it with all members of your household. A meeting place should be designated a safe distance outside your home where everyone can gather in the event of an emergency. Daylight Saving Time resumes on Sunday, March 10, 2019, with the setting of clocks one hour ahead.