Change alarms, roll back clocks

Staff report

November 1, 2013

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton Fire Department is encouraging people to replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms while they’re resetting their clocks for Daylight Savings Time.

“I encourage everyone to adopt the simple habit of changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at the same time as when you change your clocks,” Lumberton Fire Department Chief Paul Ivey said in a statement.

Two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes where there are no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms, according to the statement.

The Lumberton Fire Department is participating in “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery,” a nationwide safety campaign sponsored by Energizer. Energizer has promoted the campaign in partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs for the past 26 years.

Daylight Savings Time takes effect on Sunday at 2 a.m., when people should roll their clocks back one hour.