Tip: Use time change as reminder for smoke alarm maintenance

The Hood County Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding residents that when clocks in their home are set back one hour after Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. this Sunday (Nov. 3), that should serve as a time to either change the batteries in home smoke alarms or carbon monoxide alarms, or test them in the case of long-life lithium batteries. Fire Marshal Brian Fine reported that last year in Texas there was a residential structure fire every 29 minutes on average. The U.S. Fire Administration noted that the risk of dying in a residential fire is reduced by 82 percent in homes equipped with working smoke alarms and fire sprinklers.