Turn Clocks Back This Weekend; Check Smoke Alarms Too

November 1, 2013

It’s time to fall back by setting clocks back one hour on Saturday night before going to bed.

Daylight saving time ends Sunday at 2 a.m., when clocks are set back one hour.

Meanwhile, Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is urging Georgians to use this weekend as an opportunity to change the batteries in their smoke alarms at the same time they change their clocks.

In conjunction with the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” fire safety program sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the American Burn Association, Commissioner Hudgens said the annual change from daylight saving time to standard time is a good reminder to make sure your smoke alarm is working as it should.

Hudgens said to make sure to make sure the smoke alarm is in working order by changing the battery and cleaning dust from the device.

According to Hudgens, there were 74 fatal residential fires in Georgia last year and in 34 of those, there was not a working smoke alarm.

The commissioner said that having a working smoke alarm doubles the chances a person will survive a fire in their home.

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