Reminder: Clocks Forward on March 13
Check Your Smoke Alarms for Spring
Daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 13. It’s time to turn your clocks forward. It’s also a great opportunity to test your smoke alarms.
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) encourages you to check your smoke alarms at least once a month, by pushing the test button on the alarm. USFA estimates that more than 2,500 people die in home fires each year in the United States largely due to non-functioning smoke alarms. A functioning smoke alarm can be the difference between life and death.
USFA offers these life-saving tips to protect your family from a home fire:
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom;
- Install interconnected smoke alarms in your home, so when one alarms sounds they all sound; and
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or older.
And as Spring and spring showers approach, flooding threats rise as well:
Over 20 Inches of Rain Triggers Historic Flash Flooding In Parts of the South
Torrential rainfall continues to swamp parts of the South, smashing March records, and triggering major flash flooding and worsening river flooding in parts of Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi. Heavy rain has also spread into parts of western Tennessee, western Kentucky, and western Mississippi.
More than 20 inches of rain had fallen near Monroe, Louisiana, by Thursday morning, prompting numerous rescues. The official airport reporting station in Monroe had picked up 18.96 inches of rain in less than two days by 12 p.m. CST Thursday. This is closing in on the record wettest month for that location set in October 2009 when 20.56 inches was recorded.
Major flooding has also swamped the Shreveport, Louisiana, area where up to 16 inches of rain has fallen. Elsewhere, double-digit rainfall totals have been recorded in east Texas, southern Arkansas, and northwest Mississippi.
From our friends at Flash.org, learn how to keep your family safe: Coastal or Inland: Where it Rains – It Can Flood | By John Zarrella – Former CNN Correspondent