Get ready to Fall back...
Thursday, October 29, 2015 2:45 pm
Get an extra hour of sleep this weekend when you "fall back" for daylight saving time, but keep your peace of mind all year long by changing the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Tennesseans should turn their clocks backward one hour on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 at 2 a.m.
"Even alarms that are hard-wired should have their batteries replaced regularly and should be tested monthly to ensure they are providing the proper protection," State Fire Marshal and Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) Julie Mix McPeak said. "Use the extra hour we gain this weekend to make sure your home and family are fire-safe."
Many fatal fires occur at night while the victims are sleeping. The smoke and toxic gases generated by a fire can cause people to sleep more deeply, which narrows the likelihood of surviving a fire. A working smoke alarm can double the chances of survival by increasing the amount of time a person has to escape a fire in their home.
To help ensure the safety of you and your loved ones, it is recommended that you replace the batteries regularly in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Twice a year is recommended. This reduces the chance of alarms chirping to indicate low batteries. All too often, a battery is removed and not replaced, putting a home's occupants at risk. There's no way to predict when a fire will occur, so even one night without an operational smoke alarm can be dangerous.
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