2017-11-02 / Front Page

It’s also a good time to remember to get smoke detectors in order

Daylight Saving Time comes to an end this Sunday, November 5, and the community is reminded to fall back by one hour at 2 a.m.

At the close of DST, Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is urging Georgians to change the battery in their smoke alarms at the same time they change their clocks back to standard time on Sunday.

In conjunction with the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” fire safety program sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Commissioner Hudgens says the annual change from DST to standard time is a good reminder to make sure your smoke alarm is working properly.

“If you have a smoke alarm, make sure it’s in working order,” Hudgens said. “Changing the battery at least once every year and cleaning dust from the device is a simple way to ensure continued protection of your family and your property. Having a working smoke alarm doubles the chances you will survive a fire in your home.”

In 2016, approximately 106 residential fires in Georgia resulted in 141 deaths. Of those fires, 96 of the homes did not have a working smoke alarm.

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