Daylight Saving Time Begins March 11

Volunteers are needed to install smoke alarms during a March 24 event on the Island
Volunteers are needed to install smoke alarms during a March 24 event on the Island
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11 March, 2018

Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. Sunday, when we move our clocks ahead one hour.

The Columbia Fire Department also suggests this is a good reminder that it's time to check the batteries in your homes smoke detectors as well. The manufacturer date can be found on the back of the smoke alarm.

∫ Smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium battery: Test the alarm each month.

Homeowners should consider buying new alarms to replace units that are more than ten years old. If that alarm chirps, replace only the battery. Do they all have working batteries?

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There are two basic types of smoke detector: photoelectric and ionization. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. "In West Virginia the American Red Cross is working to encourage people to make sure they have working smoke alarms because if they don't it can be fatal", said Keeling. Local fire officials remind that smoke alarms slowly start to wear out like everything else and should be replaced every ten years to make sure they respond properly, and in a timely manner. If you do not have a plan, now is a good time to develop one.

They also say that families should have an escape plan, including a place to meet outside of the home, in case of fire, and to practice the plan.

At least once a month, press the test button on smoke alarm.

The state fireman's association pointed to research from the National Fire Protection Association that concluded three out of every five deaths involving fire occurred in a home without a functioning smoke detector.


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