Fall Back This Weekend

It’s time to fall back this weekend.

Daylight saving time ends Sunday at 2 a.m., when clocks are set back one hour.

At the same time, Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is urging Georgians to change the batteries in their smoke alarms at the same time they change their clocks back to standard time this Sunday.

In conjunction with the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” fire safety program sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the American Burn Association, Commissioner Hudgens said the annual change from daylight saving time to standard time is a good reminder to make sure your smoke alarm is working as it should.

According to Hudgens, last year there were 72 fatal house fires in Georgia and 67 of them occurred in a case where there was not a working smoke alarm.

Noting that having a working smoke alarm doubles the chances you will survive a fire in your home, Hudgens went on to say changing the battery at least once every year and cleaning dust from the device are easy ways to ensure continued protection of family and property.

Again, do not forget to turn clocks back one hour Saturday night before going to bed.