It’s That Time Of Year Again…

…where doing this one little step could save your life.

Okay, it’s that time of year again.  Daylight continues to recede. There’s a little less each day, and now we’ve hit that point where we need to turn our clocks back this weekend.

We all know the drill.  Two simple things to remember.  Or do we?

Changing the clock, ‘Falling back’, as they say, is really the lesser of two evils.  If we forget, so what?  We might be late for church, an activity, or an appointment on Sunday.

If we forget to do the other portion of this two-part routine, it could cost someone their life.

We’re talking about changing the batteries in your smoke detector and CO alarm.  So simple, and yet so significant.

Time and again over the years, as we talk about ‘Falling back’ and ‘Springing forth’ every 6 months when it is time to change our clocks, we remind people to also change those batteries.  And we are just one of many out there who continue to deliver the admonishment to change your batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.  Yet we continuously read or hear in the news about fires where people lose their lives because of a malfunctioning unit or no unit at all.

Photo courtesy of Eden Fire Co., Lancaster, PA

If not for yourself, do it for the loved ones in your life.  If you don’t have smoke detectors or CO alarms, get some.  If you do, change the batteries this weekend when you change your clocks.  The time you take to do this may actually prove to give the gift of life to someone who otherwise might have lost theirs due to fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.


If you would like to have smoke alarms and/or carbon monoxide alarms installed, or you have some that you would like replaced or additional ones added, please set up a service call request with us at Brubaker Inc. at 717.299.5641 or email us.



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3. “City Firefighters Investigate Possible Carbon Monoxide Leak At Church Street Towers”,

4. “CPSC Urges Consumers To Replace Batteries In Smoke And CO Alarms When Turning Clocks Back”, Yahoo! News