Daylight Savings Time Ends Tonight!

Daylight Savings Time - time to fall back one hour!

Daylight saving time 2017 ends TONIGHT on Sunday, November 5. That means it’s time to turn your clocks back one hour to standard time at 2:00 a.m. That means you get an extra hour of sleep – and everyone loves sleep.

We don’t love seeing the sun go down at 5:00 p.m. though.

The Alexandria Fire Department wants to remind you that two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). Having working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

Here are some useful fire safety tips.

  • Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, as well as inside of all sleeping areas.
  • You should test your smoke alarms every month.
  • You should lightly dust or vacuum your smoke alarm after each test.
  • The entire smoke alarm should be replaced every 8-10 years.
  • Your family should plan and practice a home escape plan during your smoke alarm testing routine.
  • There should be a smoke alarm on every level of your home.
  • You should place a smoke alarm in each bedroom.
  • You should not install smoke alarms near fireplaces or wood stoves or in the kitchen; they tend to false alarm more frequently in those areas.
  • Install smoke alarms at least three feet away from any air return or air vent.
  • If you have to install your smoke alarm on a wall, it should be placed four to 12 inches below the ceiling.

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