Fall back to standard time; check detector batteries

Daylight savings ends on Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00am when residents set their clocks back one hour. The Scottsbluff Fire Department would like to remind citizens to check their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at this time and change the batteries. If your smoke detector is 10 years old, it needs to be replaced. Carbon monoxide detectors generally need to be replaced every 5-7 years.

Batteries in detectors need to be changed at least twice a year, even if they are hardwired into the home's electrical system. Scottsbluff Fire Department recommends doing this when daylight savings begins and ends as an easy reminder.

Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occurred in homes without working smoke detectors. Since most fatal fires occur at night, it is essential that every home have working smoke detectors to provide an early warning. Working smoke detectors increase the chance of surviving a home fire by 50%.

If any residents do not currently have a working smoke or carbon monoxide detector, the Fire Department will provide them for free and install them in the home. Residents may also contact the Fire Department if they need assistance with changing the batteries in their detectors. The Fire Department can be contacted by calling 630-6231, or residents can visit our website at ww.scottsbluff.org/departments/fire and click on the "Detector Program" link.

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