Change your clocks, change your batteries

Published 6:37 pm Friday, March 9, 2012

It might be hard to believe it, but it’s already time again to switch your clocks back for Daylight Saving Time.

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 11, at 2 a.m. But state officials point out that this time of year is also a perfect time to take care of some household safety tasks.

State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph T. Hudgens reminds Georgians that the start of Daylight Saving Time is a great time each year to make sure smoke alarms and other emergency equipment are in working order. He recommends making sure the batteries in smoke alarms are working properly, and also checking the batteries in flashlights and weather radios.

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Last year, there were 18 fire fatalities in Georgia homes that had no smoke alarm, or a non-functioning smoke alarm.

Georgia state law requires a smoke alarm to be mounted on the ceiling or wall, at a point centrally located in the corridor or area, giving access to each group of rooms used for sleeping purposes. Where the dwelling or dwelling unit contains more than one story, smoke alarms are required on each story, including cellars and basements, but not including uninhabitable attics.