Time to change clocks, check detectors

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 14 and that means clocks should be set ahead by one hour. Smithfield Fire Department Captain Mike Weibel has issued a reminder that the time we change the clocks is a great time to change the battery on our smoke detectors, or at least make sure the detector is operative. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Weibel said unfortunately a survey shows that when the smoke detector goes off the first thought of only eight percent of those surveyed is to get out of the house. “We’ve really pushed over the years the smoke detectors, now we want to take it a step farther,” Weibel said. “People need to start not only checking their smoke detectors every month or twice a year when we change our clocks, but it’s also a good time to discuss home escape plans. “Have we talked about it with our families, particularly our kids? Far too many of us, the alarm goes off and we don’t know what to do, particularly our kids.” Weibel says escape plans should include two ways out of every sleeping room, instructions about opening doors safely and an outside meeting place where everyone in the home can be accounted for. Weibel, who was also speaking for the Bear River Health Department’s safe kids program, says it would be well for families to practice their home escape plan once a month.

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