Don’t be the one who forgets to spring forward Sunday
It isn’t even officially spring yet, but the time has come to “spring forward.”
That is, to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night, as Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11.
The immediate consequence is that you’ll lose a precious hour of sleep this weekend. You might also revert to starting your morning commute in the dark, at least until the days lengthen.
But on the plus side, you get an extra hour of sunshine in the evening.
More importantly, changing your clocks also gives you an opportunity to check your smoke detectors by following these simple steps:
• Press the “test” button to make sure the alarm works.
• Open the device, if possible, to remove any accumulated dust.
• Change the battery, if needed.
This may seem like a minor task, but it could be a matter of life or death. According to Georgia’s Insurance and Fire Safety office, at least 112 people (including one in White County) died in residential fires in 2017. And of the 94 fires involved, 89 occurred in homes that did not have a working smoke alarm.
Moreover, 25 Georgians have already died in residential fires during the first two months of 2018, and none of those homes had a working smoke detector.
If your home doesn’t have a smoke alarm, or the device is broken or doesn’t have a battery, you can get assistance by calling White County Fire Services, 706-865-3855.