Your clock isn’t the only thing to check at the end of daylight saving time, experts say – NBC Chicago
Daylight saving time ends this weekend, which means the clocks must “step back” one hour on Sunday, November 7th.
But the time on your clock isn’t the only thing you should be checking this Sunday, the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office said. You should also test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as inspect devices for expiration dates and change their batteries.
“The time change serves as a semi-annual reminder to test your smoke and CO detectors and is also a good time to review and put your family’s evacuation plan into practice,” the Fire Marshal said. Illinois State Matt Perez in a statement. “We see an increase in fires during the cold months and it is very important to have working smoke detectors in our homes as the time you have to escape a fire can be as short as 3 minutes.”
Perez said that, according to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly three in five home fire deaths in the United States between 2014 and 2018 were due to fires in homes without smoke alarms or non-functioning smoke alarms.
“Dead batteries are the cause of 26% of smoke detector failures. Replacing detectors with missing, expired or broken batteries with new 10-year sealed detectors will help reduce fire deaths. residential statewide, “he said, adding that a 2017 Illinois law required sealed smoke detectors for 10 years in homes built before 1988 or without hardwired smoke detectors by the 1st. January 2023.
The time officially changes at 2 a.m. CST on Sunday. Daylight saving time begins in 2022 on March 13.
How did daylight savings time start anyway? Check out the daylight saving time history here.
Are you wondering about the future of daylight saving time? Answers to that and more here.