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Don’t forget to turn back clocks tonight

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 October 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – The Main Street clock in Albion is pictured after dusk on Friday.

ALBION – Tonight is the end of Daylight Savings Time and people should turn their clocks back an hour.

The American Red Cross also reminds people to take simple steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready,” said Chuck Marra, executive director of the Western New York Chapter. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs.”

Check smoke alarm batteries. When turning the clocks ahead, take a few minutes to replace the smoke alarm batteries and push the test button to make sure the alarms are working. It’s also a great time to check carbon monoxide detectors.

Install smoke alarms. If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Check local building codes for additional requirements.

Practice an escape plan. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.

Get a kit. Keep disaster supplies in an easy-to-carry bag to use at home or carry in case ordered to evacuate.

Make a plan. Have all household members plan what steps they should take if an emergency occurs.

Be informed. Learn what emergencies can occur in the area and how officials notify residents should a disaster occur.