Check Emergency Supply Kits, Smoke Alarms This Weekend
Oct. 27, 2009
This Sunday, Nov. 1, marks the end of daylight saving time, when clocks will be set back one hour beginning at 2 a.m.
Public education by fire and rescue officials encourages residents to change smoke alarm batteries every six months. A good way to remember is to change the batteries when clocks are changed at the beginning and end of daylight saving time.
The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management reminds residents to also use the end of daylight saving time to check and restock emergency supply kits in their home, office and cars.
“While residents are changing batteries in the smoke alarms in their home this weekend, we want them to remember to check their emergency supply kit to ensure that it is fully stocked and they are prepared for emergencies,” says Dave McKernan, Fairfax County’s emergency management coordinator. “Daylight saving time is a great time to think emergency preparedness.”
For more information about emergency supply kits or the types of items that should be included, contact the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management at 571-350-1000, TTY 711, or online, or visit www.makeaplan.org and www.ready.gov/america.
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director, Office of Public Affairs
703-324-3189, TTY 711, Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)
To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711