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March 8, 2014

Daylight-saving time tradeoff

Missing that hour of sleep is worth it, some P-R Facebook readers say


John Smith: “Was late for work so I had to stay an extra hour.”

Pat Mather: “Yes I forgot once, I woke the next morning with the same clock as the night before.”

Gerianne Wright: “Missed Mass. Got there and couldn’t figure out where everybody was.”

Lori Ann Stump: “My clock changes automatically.”

News Editor Suzanne Moore: “Showed up an hour early to ride mules into the Grand Canyon one time — Arizona doesn’t do daylight saving time.”

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As clocks are changed to reflect daylight saving time, it's the perfect time to check smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors to see if they need new batteries. According to the National Fire Protection Association, in more than one-third of home-fire deaths, no smoke alarms were present. In one-quarter of home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound, and 36 percent of fatal fire victims never wake up before being injured.

Here are some smoke- and CO-detector tips from the Firemen's Association of the State of New York:

• Test detectors at least once a month by using the test button.

• Check the batteries every six months and change them every year. If a battery is starting to lose its power, the unit will usually chirp to warn you. Do not disable the unit.

• Vacuum or blow out any dust in the unit.

• Never borrow a battery from a detector to use somewhere else.

• Never paint a smoke or CO detector.

• Install at least one smoke alarm on every floor of the home, including the basement and in or near each sleeping area.

• Smoke detectors should not be installed near a window because drafts could interfere with their operation.

• Families should also develop and practice a home fire escape plan.

• Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for testing smoke alarms and replacing the batteries.

For more information on smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and other information on fire safety and prevention, visit and

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