Posted 12 months ago

By John Axtell

Spring forward-1        Daylight Savings Time starts Saturday night and we lose an hour of sleep. The official changeover occurs at 2 a-m Sunday, but most people adjust their clocks, watches, and appliances with timers before going to bed.

Those who forget the adage “spring forward, fall back” will be an hour late for church, work or other events Sunday morning.

Deputy Nebraska State Fire Marshall and Chadron Fire Chief Pat Gould says it’s also a good time to change batteries in smoke detectors…and he says to not even bother checking whether the batteries are good or not because trying to save a few cents by not replacing them could prove to be fatally penny wise and pound foolish.

Statistics show that almost 1 out of every 5 smoke alarms in an American home…about 25-million…don’t work, while another 4-1/2-million homes don’t even have smoke alarms.

Gould says one reason smoke alarms are lifesavers is that most home fatalities occur when people are asleep, between 10 pm and 6 am.

In addition to changing the batteries once a year, he recommends testing smoke alarms at least once a month, vacuuming them regularly, and replacing the entire alarm every 10 years.

Gould also suggests that families develop and rehearse fire escape routes from the home, and selecting a place for all family members to meet if they ever do need to flee their home.