Remember to Change Clocks, Check Smoke Alarms Nov. 4

Remember to Change Clocks, Check Smoke Alarms Nov. 4

This Sunday (Nov. 4)  — or Saturday night before going to bed — remember to do two things.

  1. Sets your clocks back one hour.
  2. Check the batteries in all your smoke alarms.

Residents are reminded to “fall back” by setting their clocks back one hour – officially at 2 a.m.

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue reminds citizens to use this opportunity to check the batteries in your smoke alarms.

According to LCFR:

In the United States, 80 percent of all civilian fire deaths result from home structure fires. Most of these fires occur at night when people are sleeping.  Smoke alarms double your chances of surviving a fire and a working smoke alarm could have saved these lives. People often assume the most fire deaths are due to flames.  In fact, most fire deaths are caused by the inhalation of smoke and poisonous gases.  Smoke alarms are one of the best and easiest safety features you can use to alert you and your family if there is a fire in your home. Fire-rescue personnel want you to “Put A Finger On It!” and follow the safety tips below. If you need a battery-powered smoke alarm, they are available for free by calling 703-737-8600.

  • Double your chances. When properly installed, smoke alarms give an early warning needed to safely escape from fire.
  • Location, Location, Location. It doesn’t matter if your home is big or small, old or new. All homes need smoke alarms that work. For the best protection, put one in every bedroom, in hallways close to sleeping area and on every level of your home.
  • Pass the test. Check to make sure it’s working by putting a finger on it. Push the test button or use a broom handle to reach up and push the test button once a month. Always use new batteries when replacing old ones.
  • Be Safe – Replace. It is recommended that you replace smoke alarms that are 10 years old. Why? After working for 10 years, 7 days a week, your smoke alarm has been on the job for over 87,000 hours. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions for replacement.
  • Practice often. It is important to conduct regular home fire drills and to make sure everyone in your home knows how to get out and stay out in the event of a fire. Fire drills aren’t just for schools – they are important at home, too.
  • You can prevent a fire. Cooking and smoking cause many home fires. Space heater and candles also pose special dangers. By controlling all sources of heat and fire and checking your home for dangers, you can prevent common types of household fires.

LCFR’s  “Put a Finger on It” smoke alarm campaign offers free home safety and smoke alarm inspections to all Loudoun County residents.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the department hotline 703-737-8093 or visit

In addition to regular testing and maintenance of smoke alarms, residents also are reminded to develop and practice a home escape plan, so everyone in the home knows what to do if a smoke alarm sounds.

To learn about creating a home escape plan or to get valuable fire safety information, visit

Joseph Dill