Daylight Saving Time began in the U-S during World War I, initially from April to October. It was expanded in 2007 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November for 48 of the 50 states. Arizona and Hawaii are the exceptions.
This is the 26th year of the “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Battery” campaign. Studies show nearly three thousand people in the U.S. die in home fires each year – most of them between the hours of ten p.m. and seven a.m. Smoke alarms were made mandatory in home construction about 40 years ago. Since then their track record has been above reproach.
Another device that’s gained favor with homeowners is the carbon monoxide detector. CO gas is odorless, colorless and tasteless -- and if it replaces enough oxygen in the bloodstream it’s also lethal. Homeowners are advised to replace smoke alarms and CO detectors every five years.
Low-income residents who want a smoke alarm but cannot afford one can take advantage of a local program. More information is available at www.myescambia.com and the Pensacola Fire Department’s website www.pensacolafire.com.