Fall back: A change in time, means a change in your home smoke alarm

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Set clocks back one hour Sunday. Photo by Christina Haley.
Set clocks back one hour Sunday.

It’s time to “fall back.” The clocks are set to roll back one hour overnight tonight.

Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 6. Many people across the country will be setting their clocks back one hour before going to bed tonight. But this time of year, isn’t just a time change for your clocks.

The Wilmington Fire Department is reminding all citizens that the time change also indicates a time to do an important safety check for your home. Changing the clocks also means changing the batteries in your home smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms that use 9-volt batteries should have batteries replaced twice a year and smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years, according to the fire department.

Citizens who need assistance with their smoke alarms can contact the Wilmington Fire Department to help with battery replacement, testing or instillation of smoke alarms. For more information dial 910-342-2731.