It’s time to fall
back this weekend and get an extra hour of sleep on Sunday.
Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, and the Indiana State Fire Marshal is
reminding Hoosiers to turn their clocks back one hour.
State Fire Marshal
Jim Greeson is also reminding folks that changing the clocks is a good time
as well to change the batteries in their smoke alarms.
change their clocks back an hour, I recommend that they change their smoke
alarm batteries too,” Greeson said. “Working smoke alarms are proven life
savers, providing the valuable time needed to escape a fire.”
Greeson advises all
residents to have at least one working smoke alarm in their residence.
Ideally, smoke alarms should be located outside of each sleeping area. There
should also be at least one smoke alarm on every floor. Smoke alarms are
relatively inexpensive and many fire stations and related organizations
maintain programs that offer free smoke alarms, especially to low-income
families and individuals, senior citizens, and those who need extra time to
evacuate a home in danger.
Some smoke alarm
* Test all smoke
alarms every month to ensure they are working properly.
* Consider smoke
alarms with lithium-powered batteries for longer life. These types of alarms
may not require a battery change for the life of the unit.
* Regular batteries
should be changed at least once a year, preferably twice.
* Replace any smoke
alarms that are more than 10 years old, as sensors begin to lose efficacy.
* Remove any dust
from the front of the smoke alarm.
* Craft a family
escape plan and practice it at least every six months. Plans should include
at least two different ways each family member could escape various parts of
the home. Designate a special place outside of the home where family members
are to meet after escaping a fire.