It’s time to spring ahead this weekend.
Daylight saving time starts Sunday morning and people should move their clocks ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.
Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said when people change their clocks, they should also change the batteries in their smoke alarms.
“It is a very small investment to make that would probably save a life,” said Hudgens. “When we lose an hour in the fall or gain an hour in the spring, we need to change those batteries. We have had 28 deaths so far in residential fires this year. 16 of those were not protected with a smoke alarm. Many of those people would still be alive with a working smoke alarm in their house.”
Hudgens also said the start of daylight saving time provides a good opportunity for families to review their fire safety plans for their homes.
“Just like they do in the school, you need to have a fire drill and you need to know if there is a fire, how you are going to get out,” said Hudgens. “We say that we want you to have two ways out of a house, the door and a window possibly. Also have a pre-determined location where you are going to meet if you have to get out of the house that is on fire. That way, everybody can be accounted for. Once you are out, do not go back in and get Aunt Matilda’s pictures or something like that. Just stay out and let the professionals come in and put the fire out.”
Daylight saving time officially starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday.