Don’t Forget, You LOSE 1 Hour Of Sleep

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Mar 072020

Mi Sun says, "Don't forget to change your clocks."

Mi Sun says, “Don’t forget to change your clocks.”

Daylight Savings Time, Farmers Hours, Waking up earlier in the morning than what our bodies have become accustomed to.

A time when depression rates are statistically higher and on the other side of the spectrum: it’s the time when people reacquaint themselves with Mother Nature, start exercising and feel better about themselves.

Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 8.

Don’t know what you’re supposed to do? Remember this simple rule — Spring Forward; Fall Behind — So before you go to bed set your clocks ahead by 1 hour, (DVD players, Microwaves, cars, etc.) which means you get 1 hour less sleep in the morning if you are on a schedule.

This is one of two times of the year that the Fire Marshal’s office reminds everyone to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

A Little Background

It was 54 years ago that Congress established the Uniform Time Act of 1966 that stated DST would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. However, states still had the ability to be exempt from DST by passing a local ordinance.

In 1973 DST saved the equivalent in energy of 10,000 barrels of oil each day, but DST still proved to be controversial. Many complained that the dark winter mornings endangered the lives of children going to school.

The DST schedule in the US was revised several times throughout the years.

The current schedule began in 2007 and follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which extended the period by about one month where DST starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

From The Fire Marshal’s Office: Fire Safety Guidelines

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Oct 312014

thecrewfire marshal's office staff.jpgFall has arrived and residents are preparing their homes for the winter season, both indoors and outside.  The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind you of some important fire safety guidelines.

First and foremost, OPEN BURNING OF DEBRIS IS NOT PERMITTED IN THE TOWN OF ORANGE.  Smoke, flying embers and a fire spreading out of control are just a few of the fire and safety concerns.  In addition, open burning is a violation of the Connecticut Clean Air Act.  Our office understands that this may be an inconvenience and appreciates your cooperation.  

The end of 2014 daylight savings time, November 2, is a reminder to replace smoke alarm batteries. This is a simple step that only takes a few minutes. Many people believe they will smell smoke, but poisonous gases and smoke can numb the senses, especially when asleep. An alarm will alert occupants and allow for an escape.  Early notification of a fire can save lives  and property. 

In 2013, according to statistics gathered by the National Fire Prevention Association from public fire departments, 76% of all structure fires, 85% of fire deaths and $6.8 billion of property loss occurred in homes. If an alarm “chirps” to indicate a low battery, change it immediately. Test smoke alarms every month by using the test button or an approved smoke substitute.  Do not use an open flame device. 

Install new smoke alarms after 10 years to protect against failure even though the alarm may work when tested.  The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office Community Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Program will provide and install alarms free of charge to Orange residents. If you wish to have smoke alarms and/or carbon monoxide alarms provided and/or installed in your home, please contact The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office, 355 Boston Post Road, at (203) 891-4711 on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or visit the website at www.orangefiremarshal.com

   A new season is the ideal time to tour the home and yard for dangerous materials and unsafe conditions and to correct all problem areas. Check each room, including the attic and basement for clutter, such as stacks of old newspapers or magazines, empty boxes, broken or obsolete appliances and furniture.  If a fire should occur in your home, the clutter, “Food for a Fire”, would provide material to be consumed and help to spread the fire.  It could also block or hinder your escape, as well as the path of firefighters.

Remove all hazards.  Replace or fix frayed or damaged appliance cords, wiring, fuses and breakers. Check for water leaks, especially near electrical appliances. Properly store flammable liquids and chemicals in a cool, dry place.  Be sure items are well marked and out of the reach of children and pets.  Store gasoline only in approved containers outside the home – NEVER inside. Be sure there is clearance between combustibles and heating appliances and other heat or ignition sources.

Clean up work areas.  Put tools, adhesives, matches and other work items away.  Walk around the lawn and remove sticks, tree branches, stones and other debris that could cause injury.  Clean leaves and needles from gutters and cellar windows. Remove any limbs that overhang the roof or chimney. Keep a fire safe zone around the house.  Prune away limbs and trees along driveways that would prevent easy access for fire trucks or ambulances.

Clearly mark your home. Be sure the house number is visible from the street.  Numbers should be no less than three inches in height and located on the top, bottom or side of the main entrance, as well as on both sides of the mailbox.

Have and practice an escape plan.  Know two ways out of every room. Be sure windows can be opened easily.  Designate a place for family members to meet outside.

For any questions regarding fire safety or prevention, please contact The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office at (203) 891-4711.