Daylight saving ends this weekend
Daylight-saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 4, which reminds us to change and test the batteries in our smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. According to the Caldwell Fire Department, the peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most families are sleeping.
"Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths," according to Meredith Dille with Caldwell Fire. "Children and senior citizens are most at risk, and a working smoke alarm can give them the extra seconds they need to get out safely."
Dille says that home fires kill 500 children ages 14 and under each year. Roughly three-quarters of child fire fatalities under age 15 occurred in homes without working smoke alarms, and adults 75 and older are 2.8 times more likely to die in a home fire.
If you have questions or need assistance with detectors or batteries, please contact your local fire department.