From The Bradenton Patch
Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday
Be sure to turn your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday to gain an hour of sleep. It’s also a good time to check your smoke alarm batteries and make your home safer.
Feel like you could use an extra hour of sleep? This weekend, you’ll get it.
Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday so don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night to get that extra hour of sleep.
Sunday also marks the 24th anniversary of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program, sponsored by Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The organizations offer twice yearly reminders to change and test the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
The City of Bradenton fire department is even offering to provide and install smoke alarms for city residents who are unable to purchase and install them. The service is free.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, “when working smoke alarms are
present, the chance of dying from the fire is cut in half.”
About one-third of installed smoke detectors are not working, often because of a dead battery. Home fires kill 500 children ages 14 and younger each year, experts say, and the majority of those occur in homes without working smoke alarms.
Whether you set your clocks back an hour on Saturday evening or Sunday morning, it’s a great time to check your smike detectors and test their batteries, according to the Bradenton Fire Department. And if you or someone you know, is a City of Bradenton resident in need of a smoke detector, call 941-932-9600.