At 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 5, Daylight Savings Time ends. Turn your clocks back one hour and change batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. (File Photo)
By Susan A. Neufeld
Mountain Communities – Daylight Savings Time falls back to Standard Time on Sunday, November 5, at 2 a.m. Most of the United States, including the mountain communities, gain an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday by turning back clocks to Standard Time.
Ten years ago (2007), Congress voted to switch the end of daylight savings time to the first Sunday in November.
While most states observe the spring forward / fall back switch in time, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and most of Arizona do not change the clocks
SMOKE ALARM BATTERIES
Local fire agencies encourage residents to not forget to change batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at the same time they turn their clocks back on hour. They point out that about two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with inoperable or no smoke alarms present.
Residents of the mountain communities should also take a few extra seconds to test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is especially important in fall, just before the heating, candles, and fireplace season causes an increase in home fires.
Smoke alarms need to be replaced every ten (10) years and carbon monoxide alarms need to be replaced every five to seven years, depending on the manufacturer. Check for a date of manufacture on the back of the device or consult the instructions that came with it for the recommended replacement date.
Mountain residents who are unable to tell how old their detectors are, should probably replace them.