“Fall Back” Tonight As Daylight Saving Time Ends

      Daylight Saving Time ends tonight and we gain an hour of sleep.

The official changeover occurs at 2 a-m Sunday, but most people set their clocks and whatever else back an hour before going to bed.

      Those who forget the adage “spring forward, fall back” will be an hour early for church, work or other events.

       Deputy Nebraska State Fire Marshall Pat Gould of Chadron says the time change is also a good time to change batteries in smoke detectors.

      Gould’s a firm believer that trying to save a few cents by not replacing batteries every spring and fall could prove to be fatally penny wise and pound foolish.

Gould also says as long as you’re changing clocks and smoke detector batteries, you might as well check other fire safety-related items, too, and have the entire family review their fire response plan.

Statistics show almost 1 out of every 5 smoke alarms in an American home doesn’t work, often because of dead batteries, and the death rate in those homes is about a third higher than in homes without a smoke detector at all.

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