It’s time to set your clocks back this weekend, and Branson Firefighters remind residents it’s also a good time to change the batteries in all your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Stats show that 29% of fatal fires involved inoperable smoke alarms or none present at all. Smoke alarms should be placed in each sleeping room, on each level of the home and in common areas such as hallways and stairwells.
Branson Fire Rescue Chief Ted Martin says smoke alarms are inexpensive and provide an excellent tool to warn of smoke or a fire in the home and give occupants critical extra seconds to escape.
When you are changing the batteries, it is also a good idea to dust or vacuum the alarms. Units more than 10-years old should be replaced.
The official time change occurs at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 1st.
Be sure to set your clocks back one hour before retiring Saturday night.