Time change is reminder to change clocks, batteries

October 30, 2012

Prepare to fall back as daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 4.

Set clocks one hour behind before bedtime and plan accordingly. Many computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices make the adjustment automatically.

The time change also serves as a reminder to change smoke alarm batteries. Local public safety experts recommend changing batteries at least once a year and testing smoke detectors monthly. Most battery-powered smoke detectors chirp as the battery weakens.

The daylight saving time period lasts until March.

During daylight saving time, the sun appears to rise later in the morning and set later in the evening, seemingly stretching the day.

Time change is reminder to change clocks, batteries

March 6, 2012

Prepare to spring forward as daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. March 11.

Set clocks one hour ahead before bedtime and plan accordingly. Many computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices make the adjustment automatically.

The time change also serves as a reminder to change smoke alarm batteries. Public safety experts recommend changing batteries at least once a year and testing smoke detectors monthly. Most battery-powered smoke detectors chirp as the battery weakens.

During daylight saving time, the sun appears to rise later in the morning and set later in the evening, seemingly stretching the day.

The winter-to-fall daylight saving time period lasts until Nov. 1.

Change smoke detector batteries for daylight saving time

November 1, 2011

Local firefighters encourage residents to change smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries before 2 a.m. Nov. 6, as daylight saving time ends.

Eastside Fire & Rescue is part of the national Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign. The effort encourages people to change smoke detector batteries at the end of daylight saving time.

EFR firefighters plan to remind people to check the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors from 4-5:30 p.m. Nov. 5.

Meet firefighters and receive complimentary 9-volt batteries at Bartell Drugs, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.; QFC, 4570 Klahanie Drive S.E., and The Home Depot, 6200 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

State fire marshal: Change clocks, batteries on Sunday

March 11, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. March 11, 2011

As the change to daylight saving time approaches Sunday, the state Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents to make another life-saving change: changing the batteries in smoke alarms.

“Take time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms, testing your smoke alarms, planning two ways out and practicing escape routes with the entire family,” Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy said. “Being prepared and knowing what to do if fire happens to occur can save your life and the lives of your loved ones.”

Smoke alarms most often fail because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries, so maintenance is a simple, effective way to protect families and reduce home fire deaths.

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Turn back clocks and change smoke detector batteries

November 6, 2010

NEW — 2 p.m. Nov. 6, 2010

Prepare to fall back: daylight-saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Set clocks back one hour before bedtime and plan ahead.

The time change offers a bonus: another hour of shuteye.

Now is also a good opportunity to change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Eastside Fire & Rescue reminded Issaquah, Sammamish and other area residents to change batteries before bedtime.

The daylight-saving schedule changed a result of the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005. The change is designed to provide more light during summertime hours and help save energy.

In the meantime, rest up: daylight-saving time starts again March 13.

Stores offer free smoke detector batteries Saturday

November 4, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Nov. 4, 2010

Eastside Fire & Rescue and retailers in Issaquah and elsewhere offer free batteries Saturday as part of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery campaign.

The effort is part of a national campaign to urge people to adopt a lifesaving habit: change smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries at the same time to change clocks from daylight-saving time each fall. Remember to change clocks before bedtime Saturday.

People can receive free nine-volt batteries at participating stores from 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday until the free batteries run out.

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Plan ahead for time change overnight Sunday

March 13, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 13, 2010

Prepare to spring forward: daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Set clocks one hour ahead before bedtime and plan accordingly. Many computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices will make the adjustment automatically.

The time change also serves as a reminder to change smoke alarm batteries. Public safety experts recommend changing the batteries once a year and testing smoke detectors monthly. Most battery-powered smoke detectors will chirp as the battery weakens.

Dennis Hunsinger, acting regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said the March ritual of making homes safer from fire is also a great opportunity to review disaster response plans and restock disaster kits.

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EFR encourages people to turn back clock, change smoke detector batteries

October 30, 2009

NEW — 9:42 a.m. Oct. 30, 2009

Eastside Fire & Rescue is part of the national Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign. The effort encourages people to change smoke detector batteries when they turn back clocks Sunday at the end of Daylight Saving Time.

EFR firefighters will remind people to check the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors today. Crews will be stationed at local grocery stores, handing out safety information, stickers for children and free smoke detector batteries donated to the program by The Home Depot in Issaquah.

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday.

EFR, Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs sponsor the Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign.

About 600 people under the age of 20 die each year die in residential fires nationwide, according to EFR. Many of the tragedies could be avoided with working smoke alarms. Officials estimate 80 percent of the deaths occur in homes without working smoke detectors.

Follow these steps to perform your own home energy audit

October 13, 2009

Here’s an easy checklist of areas to inspect and problems you might find. This list will help you prioritize your energy efficiency upgrades

Locating air leaks

First, check for air leaks (drafts). Energy savings from reducing drafts range between 5 percent and 30 percent per year. Check for indoor air leaks, such as gaps along the baseboard or edge of the flooring and at junctures of the walls and ceiling. Check to see if air can flow through these places: Read more

Set your clocks forward tomorrow

March 7, 2009

NEW — Noon March 7, 2009

Prepare to spring forward: Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Set your clocks one hour ahead before bedtime and plan accordingly. Many computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices will make the adjustment automatically.

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