Remember to “Fall Back” for Daylight Saving Time

Posted at 3:00 p.m.

This weekend — like most in Fairfax County — will be a busy one. Perhaps you’ll be raking the leaves and working in the yard, or cleaning the house getting ready to host a Halloween party, or maybe you’ll be busy shopping and stocking up on candy for the treat-or-treaters who’ll be paying you a visit Saturday night.

Change the batteries in your smoke alarm every six monthsWhatever your weekend plans, remember that this weekend — officially at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1 — is the end of Daylight Saving Time. It’s the time when we turn our clocks back an hour. Remember “spring forward, fall back.”?

So with this extra hour of free time, you might be tempted to just sleep that time away. But we’ve got a better idea.

With your new-found hour, take three simple steps to become better prepared for any hazard:

  1. Change the batteries in the smoke alarms in your home. According to our fire department, approximately 80 percent of all fire deaths in the U.S. occur in the home. Also, fatal residential fires most often occur at night when residents are sleeping. In most cases, the best way to survive a residential fire is early fire detection and rapid escape to a safe
    area. Learn more about smoke alarms (PDF).
  2. Check the supplies in your emergency kit. Make sure you restock any missing items and freshen up any existing stock.
  3. Sign up for Fairfax Alerts. You can receive emergency alerts and alerts about severe weather and traffic right on your cellphone and by email.

Every Saturday until Nov. 21, our firefighters are in neighborhoods checking and installing smoke alarms, providing seasonal fire and life safety tips, and offering escape plans for families.

This popular home safety check program began in 2013 and it has been credited with saving lives. In the three years of the program our firefighters have replaced hundreds of smoke alarm batteries and have installed thousands of smoke alarms. Read more about the program.

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