This weekend will be a busy one. Perhaps you’ll be raking the leaves and working in the yard, or cleaning the house getting ready to host a Halloween party, or maybe you’ll be busy shopping and stocking up on candy for the treat-or-treaters who’ll be paying you a visit Saturday night.
Whatever your weekend plans, remember that this weekend — officially at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1 — is the end of Daylight Saving Time. It’s the time when we turn our clocks back an hour. Remember “spring forward, fall back.”?
So with this extra hour of free time, you might be tempted to just sleep that time away. But we’ve got a better idea.
With your new-found hour, take three simple steps to become better prepared for any hazard:
1. Change the batteries in the smoke alarms in your home. According to statistics, approximately 80 percent of all fire deaths in the U.S. occur in the home. Also, fatal residential fires most often occur at night when residents are sleeping. In most cases, the best way to survive a residential fire is early fire detection and rapid escape to a safe
2. Check the supplies in your emergency kit. Make sure you restock any missing items and freshen up any existing stock.
3. Sign up for Danville Citizen Alert. You can receive emergency alerts generated by the city’s office of Emergency Management right on your cell phone. Rgister your cell phone to receive alerts through a call with a recorded voice message, text message, email or all three. To register your cell phone, click on the link below.