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Stop saving daylight, start saving lives

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A South Marion Citizen editorial

By The Staff

This Sunday, the twice-a-year chore that befalls most Americans has to be done.

The clocks have to be changed.

By now everyone around here knows it’s “spring forward, fall back.” That means that at 2 a.m. on Sunday (you have permission to do it Saturday night) you turn your clocks back an hour.

It also means you get an hour’s extra sleep that night, reclaiming the hour you lost last spring.

You have to remember to also change your computer times, if it’s not done automatically, and any VCRs or other gadgets that don’t know when to change.

Over the past few years, there’s another item of business to be taken care of on the dates when the time changes. You should be swapping out the batteries in your smoke detector.

There is little doubt that smoke detectors save lives. Yet maintenance is not something that we routinely think about. If you read the reports that come out all too regularly about house fires, many times you read, “The home had smoke detectors, but they were not working.”

Far too often, the story is about a fatality.

So protect yourselves and your family by making sure the smoke detectors work. That way, you can enjoy that extra hour of sleep in peace.