It's time to 'fall back' and get the extra hour of sleep we lost in the spring.
Don't forget to turn your clocks back before you go to bed on Saturday evening. Daylight savings time ends at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 3, 2019.
As the time change approaches the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind residents that one easy step can help save lives – changing the batteries in your smoke alarms.
Also, here is more detailed advice from South County Fire:
- Replace smoke alarm batteries every six months unless otherwise noted by the manufacturer. Follow manufacturer instructions for smoke alarm maintenance.
- Check the age of your smoke alarms. Smoke alarms don’t last forever and should be replaced after 10 years. Aging smoke alarms are unreliable and often are the source of nuisance alarms. Most smoke alarms are imprinted with a manufacture date or expiration date.
- Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
- Make sure you have enough smoke alarms. Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
- Make a home fire escape plan. Smoke alarms give you the warning you need to escape. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Visit each room and identify two ways out. Pick a meeting place outside. Practice with a home fire drill. Learn more and download an escape plan worksheet at www.southsnofire.org/escapeplan.
Please take these precautions to stay safe at home!