Daylight Savings and Safety

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Daylight Saving officially begins this weekend on Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m. While your phones and computers will automatically “spring forward” one hour earlier, according to safety experts, you’ll still need to check your smoke detectors.

The two times a year we change our clocks also serve as a valuable reminder to change the batteries in our fire alarms. Only half of Americans actually follow this practice.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Lift, twist, or remove the cover. (In some cases, the whole alarm will come off from a base.)
  2. Replace the battery with a brand-new one. Most machines use 9-volt batteries.
  3. Close and snap the detector back into place.
  4. Press the test button to make sure it’s working. You should hear a beep or chirp sound.

Start off the spring season safely knowing your fire alarms are functioning properly!

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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