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Daylight-saving time

'Fall back' on sound advice

Posted: November 3, 2011 4:45 p.m.
Updated: November 4, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The shift back to standard time is Sunday, earning you an extra hour of sleep.

The Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) encourages citizens to mark the occasion as a time to test home smoke alarms and replace batteries if they’re more than 1 year old.

“Every day in the United States, needless home fire deaths occur,” said Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis K. Ray. “Working smoke alarms significantly increase your chance of surviving a deadly home fire. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you're awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert scanning the air for fire and smoke.”

In addition to changing smoke alarm batteries this weekend, the LFD recommends the following steps to protect you, your loved ones and your home:

• Dust or vacuum smoke alarms when you change the batteries.

• Test alarms once a month using the test button.

• Replace the entire alarm if it's more than 10 years old or doesn't work properly when tested.

• Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement and both inside and outside of sleeping areas.

• Make sure everyone in your home understands the warning of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond. Smoke is the main killer in house fires.

“This is a great time of year to think fire safety in the home and make sure your family has the best chance of survival during a fire, especially now when colder temperatures bring on the use of heating devices,” said Ray. “We will install them for free for homes without detectors.”

Free smoke detectors are available to be installed by local fire departments throughout the county for those who cannot afford them.

Call LFD headquarters at 438-2553 for more information.

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