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Fall back, enjoy the darkness

Standard time, harbinger of darkness and cold that it is, begins at 2 a.m. Sunday.

You know the drill: Set your clocks back an hour before bed and be emotionally prepared for sunset just after 5 p.m., creeping further into the afternoon till the winter solstice on Dec. 21, when the sun will set a bit after 4:30.

Also, change your smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm batteries, test those alarms and remind others to do the same.

Carbondale Fire Chief Ron Leach recommends that smoke detectors in homes be replaced every 10 years and have both ionization and photo electric capabilities to alert people to all types of home fires. Carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced every five to seven years. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms should be tested once a month to make sure they are working properly.

A smoke detector should be installed on every level of a home and inside each sleeping area. A carbon monoxide alarm should also be installed on every level of the home and outside sleeping areas.

“Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms can save lives, but only if they work,” Leach said.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a fire in half. Three of every five home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

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