Turn your clocks ahead and check
smoke alarms this weekend
saving time officially begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8, so move
your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.
as you prepare to spring forward with daylight saving time and change
the time on clocks around your home, the Dare County Fire Marshal’s
Office reminds you to take a few extra minutes to ensure your smoke
alarms are working properly and change the batteries.
to the National Fire Administration, three out of five fire- related
deaths occur in homes that either do not have smoke alarms or have
smoke alarms that do not work.
“The spring and fall time
changes are perfect reminders to test your smoke alarms and change the
batteries,” said Dare County Fire Marshal Steve Kovacs. “A working
smoke alarm can help you and your family escape in the event of a fire
in your home.”
The Dare County Fire Marshal’s Office
recommends you test each smoke alarm every month, so you know they are
ready to protect you and your family if there is a fire.
You should have at least one smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside of the bedrooms, and on each floor.
Replace smoke alarms if they are 10-years or older.
you have hardwired smoke alarms, be sure they have battery back-ups and
the batteries are working. If your hardwired smoke alarms do not have
battery backups, they should be replaced completely.
information or if you have questions on smoke alarm safety, contact
your local fire department or the Dare County Fire Marshal’s office at
252-475-5750 or visit online at http://www.darenc.com/firemarshal.