Daylight Savings Also A Time For Safety
March 7, 2014 — State fire officials want residents to think about safety when turning back the clock this weekend.
The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office is urging Hoosiers to change batteries in their smoke alarms at the same time they change their clocks to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday.
“The annual change from Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time is a good reminder to make sure your smoke alarms are working and have new batteries,” said Indiana State Fire Marshal James Greeson. “So far this year, there have been more than 30 fire fatalities in Indiana and several of those occurred in homes with no working smoke alarm. There’s no question that working smoke alarms save lives.”
Greeson urges all Indiana residents to have at least one working smoke detector.
He notes they are relatively inexpensive and many fire stations and organizations offer free smoke alarms, especially to low-income families, seniors, at-risk families or families with members who, for various reasons, may need extra time to get out of a home.
For residents renting a home or apartment, it is the property owner’s responsibility to have at least one working smoke alarm — it’s the law.
Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 9, at 2 a.m. when clocks should “spring forward” one hour.
Source: Indiana Department of Homeland Security