Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John W. Oxendine wants to remind Georgians that it’s time again to change their clocks from daylight saving time back to standard time – and they should also change the batteries in their smoke alarms at the same time.
"Every year in Georgia there are fire fatalities in homes that didn’t have smoke alarms, or where the alarms didn’t function because of dead batteries," Oxendine said. "If you have a smoke alarm, make sure it’s in working order. Changing the battery at least once every year and cleaning dust from the device are easy ways to ensure continued protection of your family and your property. Having a working smoke alarm doubles the chances you will survive a fire in your home.”
Oxendine also recommended changing batteries in flashlights and weather radios, and having an emergency plan in place in case severe weather threatens.
So far this year there have been 19 fire fatalities in dwellings with no smoke detectors, and two fatalities involving non-working detectors, Oxendine said.
Daylight saving time ends Sunday, November 7 at 2 a.m., when clocks are set back one hour.