Archive for Thursday, October 26, 2006

Time changes Sunday a.m.

October 26, 2006

Residents are reminded to set clocks back one hour Saturday night before bedtime. The time officially changes to Standard Time at 2 a.m. Sunday when the time will become 1 a.m.

It will change back to Daylight Saving Time (set clocks ahead one hour) at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of April.

A good way to remember which direction to move the hands on the clock for daylight saving time and standard time is "Spring forward; fall back."

In August 2005, President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which requires changes in 2007. That year, daylight saving time will begin the second Sunday in March and end the first Sunday in November.

The Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office encourages all Kansans to change the batteries and clean all the smoke detectors in their homes when the time changes in the fall and spring.

The Kansas Smoke Detector Act calls for at least one working smoke detector on every inhabited level of a residence.

The Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office also recommends replacing smoke alarms every 10 years.

In addition, the fire marshal recommends residents use the "extra" hour they save from the time change to test smoke alarms by pushing the test button, planning "two ways out" and practicing escape routes with the entire family. Families should also prepare a fire safety kit that includes working flashlights and fresh batteries.

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