The end of daylight saving time is Sunday at 2 a.m. local time. Be sure to turn your clock back one hour at that time or before you go to bed Saturday night.
It’s also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.
There are alarms made to meet the needs of people with hearing disabilities. These alarms may use strobe lights that flash and/or vibrate to assist in alerting those who are unable to hear standard smoke alarms when they sound.
Ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms cost between $6 and $20. Dual sensor smoke alarms cost between $24 and $40.
The LaPorte Fire Department has smoke detectors free of cost. Supply is limited so there is a limit of one per household. For more information on how to obtain a free detector, contact the fire station at (219) 362-3456.