Fall backwards on Nov. 6

This weekend on Sunday, Nov. 6, daylight savings ends. While you are moving your clocks back one hour, it is also an excellent time to change those old batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

This habit can be lifesaving. Thirty-eight percent of all fatal fires occur in homes without working smoke alarms, while 24 percent occur in homes in which at least one smoke alarm is present but fails to operate. Families are encouraged to use the extra hour “gained” to remind their friends, family and neighbors of the life-saving habit of changing and testing smoke alarm and carbon dioxide batteries and to help those who may need some assistance.

The Fermilab Fire Department