Move Clocks Ahead One Hour Saturday Night

It is time to spring forward this weekend.

People should change their clocks and move them ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night.

Daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said when changing that clock, take the time to change and check the battery in your home smoke alarm.

“That is going to save lives,” said Hudgens.  “After you change the battery, push the test button and make sure that it works.”

He added that the state has seen 33 fire-related fatalities this year in Georgia.

“A lot of them are because they did not have a working smoke alarm in their house,” said Hudgens.

Besides changing the smoke alarm battery, Hudgens said people should clean dust from the device to help keep it in good working order.

He said having a working smoke alarm doubles one’s chances of surviving a house fire.

Hudgens also said families should review their emergency plan in case of a fire.

“If you do have a fire, know where you are going,” said Hudgens.  “Know where the exits are.  Have two ways out of your house.  Know where the family is going to assemble after the fire so everybody can be accounted for.”

Also, Hudgens said it is not a bad idea to take time this weekend to change batteries in flashlights and weather radios that might be needed in an emergency.

Again, do not forget to change your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night.