Remember Pedestrian Safety, Change Smoke & CO Alarm Batteries with Fall Time Change

With Daylight Saving Time ending this weekend, Clark County officials are reminding the public to change the batteries in their home smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The public also is urged to keep pedestrian safety in mind when one less hour of daylight especially during the evening commute makes it harder to see pedestrians and bicyclists.

Clocks turn back one hour for the return of Standard Time at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7. Clark County is one of many community partners that supports the #Dusk2DawnNV Crosswalk Safety Program created by UNLV’s Transportation Research Center. The effort (which also uses the hashtags #PedsafeLV and #livesareontheline) encourages motorists to pay close attention to pedestrians when it’s darker due to the time change and to encourage pedestrians and bicyclists to make sure they are as visible as possible on roadways and in crosswalks. Anyone traveling by foot, bicycle, scooter or similar mode should wear reflective gear or lights to help motorists see them, and never assume that a driver can see you just because you are crossing legally in a crosswalk.

“Most pedestrian fatalities occur between dusk and dawn when it’s harder for motorists to see pedestrians,” said Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft, a traffic safety advocate. “Pedestrians should always stop and wait for vehicles to pass rather than trusting that drivers will see them and stop and wait for them to cross.”

Public safety officials also remind the public that 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. “The fall time change is a good time to remind people of some important public safety messages,” said Clark County Fire Chief John Steinbeck. “It’s a time when motorists and pedestrians alike should be extra cautious. It’s also a perfect time of year to remind the public to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Making sure these items are properly operating in your home is a low-cost way to keep you and your family safe in the event of a fire or a problem with carbon monoxide levels in your home.”

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas or propane burn incompletely. Officials say any fuel-burning item has the potential to produce dangerous levels of CO gas including automobiles, charcoal grills, fireplaces and woodstoves and gas appliances such as dryers, stoves and water heaters.  Always keep garage doors open when running a vehicle or other motor engine, and make sure vents for dryers, furnaces and similar appliances are clear.  Generators should be used in well-ventilated locations away from windows and doors; gas and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors. Officials say when CO detectors and smoke alarms fail to operate, it’s usually because the batteries aren’t working.  Suggested tips include:

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  • Smoke alarms more than 10 years old need to be replaced.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button; 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.

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  • Install in a central location outside each sleeping area of a home.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for placement and height.
  • Choose a CO alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Test CO alarms at least once a month and replace according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel arrive.

Additionally, residents are encouraged to practice a home escape route with your family at least twice a year. A plan should include identifying all possible exists and escape routes in your home and discussing it with all members of your household. A meeting place also should be designated a safe distance outside your home where everyone can gather in the event of an emergency. Daylight Saving Time returns on Sunday, March 13, 2022, with the setting of clocks one hour ahead.    

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Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability.  With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 9th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.