By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
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Colorado River Tri-State: Just a reminder to everybody that Daylight Saving Time will begin at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 8th, 2020.
This means that if you’re living in Needles, California and Laughlin, Nevada, you’ll be setting your clocks forward an hour, but if you’re living in Mohave Valley, Arizona, you will not have to set your clocks forward an hour.
As we change our clocks later tonight, please take a few minutes to change the batteries in your smoke alarms.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department wants to remind everybody while your phones, computers, and tablets may change themselves, it’s up to you to keep yourself and your family safe by changing your smoke alarm batteries.
Working smoke alarms save lives, that tell-tale beeping can get everyone out safely and avoid tragedy.
An alarm should be installed on every floor of your home, in every bedroom, and outside of all sleeping areas.
** Here are some tips for installing smoke alarms: **
• The best place to mount your smoke alarm is on the ceiling
• Keep smoke alarms at least 4-6 inches away from the nearest wall
• Always test your newly installed smoke alarm
• If you cannot mount the alarm on the ceiling, install it high on the wall 4-12 inches from the ceiling
It’s simple: the more alarms you have, the greater your chances are of surviving a fire. Don’t skimp on smoke alarms around the home! However, just installing a smoke alarm is NOT enough. It needs to be tested monthly and the batteries changed every year. You should also replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.
In addition to working smoke alarms, every household should have an evacuation plan. Practice it! Make sure everyone knows how to get out and where to meet.
Never go back inside a burning building. If someone is missing, inform the dispatcher when you call 911. Firefighters have the proper training to perform rescues.
A working smoke alarm can decrease a family’s risk of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent.
Batteries from household smoke alarms may be recycled at your nearest household hazardous waste recycling facility.
** For more fire safety information and tips or to find household hazardous waste locations, please visit the following San Bernardino County Fire Department’s website: **
Have a good night sleep everybody.