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11/2/2018 8:28:00 AM
Daylight Time Ends This Weekend

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of death from fire in half. Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend and the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the American Red Cross remind everyone to change the batteries in their smoke alarms as they turn their clocks back an hour Saturday night.

Sixty percent of fire fatalities occur in US households without any working smoke alarm. (Source:

“You may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out safely,” said Angela A. Broome Powley, regional executive officer, American Red Cross Greater Carolinas Region. “Working smoke alarms increase the odds of escaping a fire safely by 50 percent. That’s why we urge our neighbors to make sure they have working smoke alarms. Every minute counts.”

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Daylight time officially ends very early Sunday morning, but most choose to turn their clocks back an hour before going to bed Saturday night.  With the change, the sunrise will be earlier and the evening darkness will come earlier, too.  Sunrise will now be before 7 AM until the days get shorter, and sunset will be just before 5:30.  

Smoke detectors are important all year round but perhaps moreso in the winter when you're heating your home.  A working carbon monoxide detector is also a good idea.

Chris Stowe with the Gastonia Fire Department asked us to add this notice to our article: If a citizen in Gaston County does not have a working smoke alarm or if the existing alarm is either damaged or out of date, they can obtain a smoke alarm free of charge by calling 704-866-3355.

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