Daylight Savings Reminder: Check Your Life Safety Batteries!

Daylight Savings Reminder: Check Your Life Safety Batteries!

123It’s that time of year again – time to “fall back” for the end of Daylight Savings Time. Clocks are turned backward one hour on Sunday, November 5, at 2 AM. The ending of Daylight Savings Time is also a great reminder to check on the batteries in your emergency devices, like smoke detectors, flashlights, and your NOAA weather radio.

While newer smoke detectors have batteries that last up to ten years, older models use 9-volt batteries and need to be checked. It is recommended that you change the battery when you reset your clocks. If you also have a carbon monoxide detector in your home, check the batteries in that too.

Don’t have a smoke detector in your home? Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service has a program called "Get Alarmed Tuscaloosa" for residents of the City of Tuscaloosa. If you are a City resident and would like your detector checked or need a smoke detector, you can call 205-248-5445 and TFRS will come install a detector in your home for free. Northport Fire Rescue has a similar program for the residents of the City of Northport. You can reach Northport Fire Rescue at 205-333-3020. If you live in the County, call your local Volunteer Fire Department to see if they offer this service. 

We are also approaching our fall severe weather season. Approximately 20% of all tornadoes that occur in Alabama happen during the months of November and December, so the ending of Daylight Savings Time is an excellent time to replace the batteries in your NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio. These radios allow the user to program warnings just for one county, so no unneccesary warnings are received. The radio is designed to be able to wake you up in the middle of the night so that you and your family stays safe. If you know someone who does not have a NOAA weather radio, consider purchasing one for them for a holiday gift.

Additionally, take some time to review your family safety plan. Practice your plan with your family, and remember to include multiple ways of getting safety information. There are a number of ways to do this: local media, websites, social media, NOAA weather radios, and phone apps. There are many apps that can be downloaded for free that contain a wealth of information – find them on our App Page. You can also follow Tuscaloosa County EMA on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.