By Christy McLeap

The seasons are changing and we’re beginning to see less daylight and as such we’ll be turning our clocks back one hour this weekend as daylight savings time ends.

It’s a good reminder as you fall back to also check and change the batteries in your smoke detectors throughout your home. (As you go to bed Saturday night or at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning turn your clocks back one hour.)

All of our phones, computers, and tablets should already change the time themselves. But, it’s gotta be up to you to make sure you and your family stay safe by checking and changing the batteries in all your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and even flashlights.

San Bernardino County Fire Department said in a release that it’s recommended new batteries should be installed twice a year on all smoke alarms and all other life-saving devices and that those devices should also be tested on a regular basis. To ensure everyone is protected it’s also recommended an alarm should be installed on every floor of your home and outside of all sleeping areas.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department also encourages households to have an emergency evacuation plan in place in case of disaster and to take the time to practice it, in addition to having properly working life-saving devices in your home.

It’s a good practice to make sure all the occupants in your home know how to get out in case of danger and where to meet. You should also review with everyone the different sounds your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors make and practice at different times of the day or night your family’s evacuation plans.

Your family’s risk of of perishing in a fire goes down by nearly 50 percent with a properly working smoke alarm.

Make sure you recycle old batteries properly by finding your nearest Household Hazardous Waste Facility by visiting

You can prepare your household for an evacuation by simply download the Ready SB app which is available for all Apple and Android devices at

Don’t forget you can also download the San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Ready! Set! Go! Guide at


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