For the Cumberland Times-News
CUMBERLAND — In anticipation of daylight saving time beginning in the early morning hours Sunday, the state fire marshal is urging re-sidents to “Change Your Clock — Change Your Battery” in both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes.
Working smoke alarms and CO detectors double a family’s chance of surviving a home fire and/or an unsafe carbon monoxide level, ac-cording to the state fire marshal. Daylight saving time is a great opportunity for families to change the batteries. “This simple step can help us avoid tragedies in the place we feel the most secure — our homes,” said Fire Marshal William Barnard.
Additionally, he said smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years and new technology involving 10 year-long, battery-operated smoke alarms eliminates the need to change batteries each year.
Home escape plans are another significant way residents can avoid injury or death in their homes. By identifying at least two different escape routes, families can practice the plan together before an emergency strikes.
For more information on fire safety, call 800-525-3124 or log onto the website, www.mdsp.org/firemarshal and/or facebook.com/MarylandStateFireMarshal.