March 4, 2020

Spring Forward Safely

It is hard to believe that daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8. As we are rolling the clock forward, it is important to be extra vigilant when driving or walking on the streets.

According to the Center for Disease Control it takes about one week for the body to adjust the new times for sleeping, eating, and activity. Until people are adjusted, people can have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking up at the right time. This can lead to tired drivers and weary pedestrians and may lead to an increase in vehicle accidents.

If you're commuting in the early hours, note that your walk may now be darker. Stay alert! When crossing the street, you're in the danger zone. Motorists are also encouraged to be vigilant for pedestrians, particularly when light is limited.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue also reminds residents that when the time changes it is time to check the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Your home’s smoke alarms are the best way of notifying you and your family of a fire. State law requires that battery-operated smoke alarms be replaced every 10 years from the date of manufacture. The devices should also be tested at least once a month.