October 31, 2015
Oct. 30, 2015
RESIDENTS REMINDED TO CHANGE SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM BATTERIES THIS WEEKEND
Daylight Saving Time Comes to an End this Sunday
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Walton County, Fla. – Halloween isn’t the only activity to look forward to this weekend – Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1. The Florida Department of Health encourages residents to replace batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. This simple measure can help prevent unintentional injuries.
“This weekend is a good time to replace alarm batteries in your home and review emergency plans with your family,” said Holly Holt, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Walton County. “I also encourage you to check with older family members and neighbors to ensure their alarms are all in working order.”
According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), three out of five fire-related deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or homes without working smoke alarms. It only takes a few minutes to review where your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are located in your home, replace the batteries and check that all parts function properly. Because the gas is colorless and odorless, carbon monoxide alarms are important to have in all homes.
Here are a few additional smoke alarm safety tips from NFPA:
It is vital to create and assess your home fire escape plan and exit routes at least once a year. Daylight Saving Time serves as a good annual reminder to make sure all members of your household understand what to do during an emergency.
For more resources on smoke alarms, visit https://www.nfpa.org/smokealarms.
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