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Daylight Saving: Setting back clocks and check up on smoke detectors

Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 11:08 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - It’s that time of year when it’s recommended to make sure smoke detectors in homes and businesses are working properly. Sunday is the start of daylight saving time, meaning clocks are getting set backward and local emergency officials are suggesting it a time to also check on the smoke detectors.

Adams County Director of Emergency Management Ron Pughes said residents should test the alarms and replace old batteries.

In the event of a fire, you only have a few minutes to escape safely, so making sure your smoke alarms are in working order is crucial.

“We just had a fire out in Kearney and the smoke detectors helped wake that family up in the middle of the night and they had working and in-order smoke detector,” Pughes said. “We go on a lot of calls here where there are smoke detectors present but the batteries have been pulled out or they’re not functioning and it really is a lifesaver.”

He added, its important to completely replace smoke detectors after every ten years and to check the manufacture date to make sure the device hadn’t expired.

In addition to checking up on smoke detectors, Pughes said people should also take other precautionary measures to stay safe during a fire.

“It’s also a good time to go ahead and run through your family with a drill like they would go through at school so, hit the button, test it and then do a drill with your family and make sure everybody knows how to get outside and get to a safe point,” he said.

It’s important to remember, a continuous set of three loud beeps means smoke or fire.

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