Check Emergency Supply Kits, Smoke Alarms this Weekend
March 4, 2009
Daylight Saving Time begins in the United States on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. This Sunday, March 8, marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time when clocks will be set forward one hour at 2 a.m.
Thanks to public education by fire and rescue officials, residents also may be aware that the batteries in smoke alarms should be changed 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 also reminds residents to use the beginning and end of Daylight Saving Time as reminders to check and restock emergency supply kits in their home, office and cars.
“Not only is putting fresh batteries in every smoke alarm in your home a good safety measure, but remembering to keep your home’s emergency supply kit fully stocked is a great way to stay prepared for any type of emergency,” says Olivia McLean, Fairfax County’s emergency management coordinator. “And don’t forget to check the supplies in the emergency kits in your car and at work too.”
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 visit the Fairfax County Government emergency information Web page, Makeaplan.org or Ready.gov.
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