United States residents will be seeing a bit more of the sun, starting this weekend.
Daylight Saving Time is starting on Sunday.
The Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue (PWCDFR) is reminding citizens to turn their clocks forward by one hour and check their smoke alarm batteries, according to a release.
“When properly installed and maintained, working smoke alarms save lives and protect against injury and loss due to fire. They play a vital role in one’s home fire escape plan by providing an early warning allowing individuals time to escape a home fire,” Acting Chief Tim Keen said in a release. “You double your chances of surviving a home fire with working smoke alarms compared to homes without working smoke alarms.”
Smoke alarms should be located on all floors of a home and tested each month.
Community members are advised to clean them regularly and replace their batteries at least every 10 years.
Those with alarms that are activated through steam can press the “hush” button and open a door or window.
Special detectors are required for individuals who are deaf or don’t hear well.
To learn more about specialized smoke alarms, contact the Hearing Loss Association of America at 301-657-2248.