Fire marshal: Change clocks, check smoke alarms

Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend, and State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman asks South Dakotans to check their smoke alarms while they change their clocks.

Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning. That’s when clocks are set back one hour.

“When you go around the home changing the clocks, it only takes a few seconds more to make sure your smoke alarms are working,’’ Merriman said. “This is a good time to push that test button, and if necessary, change the batteries. In the event of a home fire, smoke alarms can be the difference between a tragic death or survival for you and your family.’’

With the arrival of November, it isn’t too early to begin talking about fire safety during the holidays, Merriman said.

“Holiday lighting, the use of candles, increased cooking activity in the kitchen, all those things illustrate the spirit of the holiday, but they also increase potential for fires and fire deaths during what should be a season of celebration,’’ he said.

It’s also a good time for a family conversation about fire safety, how to leave the home in the event of a fire and how to maintain or restore contact with other family members during and after the fire.

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