The city of Mercer Island issued a safety reminder to residents as they plan to “fall back” one hour on Sunday, as daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m.
Each year, approximately 600 individuals under the age of 20 die in house fires nationwide, and 80 percent of these deaths occur in homes without a working smoke alarm.
To help avoid these needless tragedies, and especially to protect vulnerable children, the Mercer Island Fire Department (MIFD) is strongly promoting the national home fire safety campaign “Change Your Clock — Change Your Battery,” which urges Americans to adopt a simple life-saving habit: change out smoke alarm batteries when clocks are changed in the spring and fall.
The next clock change occurs on Nov. 5, when the time is set back one hour. Most digital devices will change automatically.
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