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Spring Forward and Check Fire Alarms
Daylight Savings begins this Sunday March 10, when clocks are set forward one hour. OCFA encourages residents to check their home fire alarms twice a year as Daylight Savings begins and ends.
Stay safe and energized with these tips from the National Fire Protection Association:
- Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area. Test them monthly.
- Make sure major appliances are plugged directly into a wall outlet.
- Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
- Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the fixture, and respect the maximum wattage sticker on the bulb.
- Call an electrician or your landlord if you have problems with:
- Blowing fuses, tripping circuit breakers, flickering or dimming lights.
- A tingling feeling or burning/rubbery smell from an electrical appliance.
- Discolored, warm or sparking wall outlets.
- Circuit interrupters are circuit breakers that shut off electricity when dangerous conditions occur.
- Consider installing arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) in your home and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, basements and outdoor receptacles.
- Test AFCIs and GFCIs once a month to make sure they are working properly