LAKE COMO/BELMAR, NJ — Now that clocks were moved forward at 2 a.m. today for Daylight Saving Time, Belmar Fire Marshal Ryan Dullea advises to replace the batteries in your home’s smoke alarms as well.
“Smoke alarms are a key part of your home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly. Smoke alarms save lives,” he said.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries,
Belmar or Lake Como residents with questions about their current smoke detectors or placement of their devices can contact the Belmar Fire Marshal Office at 732-681-3700, ext. 239.
Belmar also offers a home safety inspection program, which is offered free of charge. Call the number above to schedule an evaluation at your residence.
AAA Cautions Springing Forward Can Be Driving Distraction
AAA reminds drivers that the change to Daylight Saving Time on March 10 may create distraction on the roadway and challenges for drivers who lose an hour of sleep.
“Some drivers may suddenly find themselves driving into the rising or setting sun, and there may be more sun glare during commuting hours,” said Robert Sinclair of AAA Northeast. “Drivers will have to spend the next week adjusting to having less sleep and be aware of factors that could make them sleepy behind the wheel.”
Recent research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety showed that drowsy driving is a factor in 10 percent of crashes — a much higher percentage than previously believed.
And as the days grow longer, more children, pedestrians, joggers, walkers and bicyclists will likely be more active outdoors and during peak travel times.
AAA offers these safety tips for motorists:
- In the morning, watch for pedestrians when backing up in parking lots or driveways. Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible.
- Leave more following room. When the sun is in your eyes it can be hard to see what the car ahead is doing.
- Watch out for children and others who are outdoors in the lighter evening hours.
- Remember to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks. Do not pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks.
And for pedestrians:
- Cross only at intersections or crosswalks. Do not jaywalk or cross between parked cars.
- Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks. If you have to walk on a road that does not have sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
- See and be seen. Carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing and/or accessories.
- Don’t walk and text. If you must use your cell phone, be sure to keep your eyes on traffic and your ears open to make sure you can hear approaching danger.
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