Switch clocks back to standard time
It is time to change the clocks. We switch back to Eastern Standard Time at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, necessitating clocks be set back one hour.
We had been on Daylight Saving Time since the second Sunday in March.
The switch is also a good time to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
The Wilton Fire Department offers the following suggestions regarding fire safety:
• Install working smoke alarms on every level, and inside each bedroom and outside of each sleeping area.
• Test your smoke alarms once a month and change their batteries twice a year when you change your clock.
• Develop a fire escape plan that identifies two ways out of each room and a family meeting place outside.
• Make sure your plan allows for any specific needs in your household. If everyone knows what to do, everyone can get out quickly.
• Practice your plan, at least twice a year.
• Some studies have shown that some children and adults may not awaken to the sound of a smoke alarm; they may need help waking up.
• If the smoke alarm sounds: Go to your closest exit, and if there is smoke on your way out, turn and use your second way out. If you must exit through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit.
Don't take time to pick up belongings; just get out and help others get out. Move fast but stay calm.