This Sunday, November 1st, turn your clock back one hour and enjoy an extra hour of sleep! As we proceed into the late fall and early winter, our days are getting shorter, prompting the annual tradition of optimizing daylight until the spring brings us longer days in March.

Daylight Savings Time began in 1966, when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act. By utilizing the natural daylight we receive in the winter months, the nation saves on electricity energy and studies show that crime and accident rates are lower, making it a safer time for everyone.

While you are adjusting your clocks, it's also a perfect opportunity to check the battery status on household smoke detectors. Since 1987, Energizer has partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs to promote their "Change Your Clock Change Your Battery" Program.  The National Fire Protection Association reports that more than 70% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries.

In 2014, nearly 500,000 structure fires were reported in the United States. Ensuring that your smoke detectors are in proper working order is only part of a household fire prevention plan: devise a home evacuation plan and designate an outside meeting place when everyone has arrived safely. In addition, schedule annual preventative maintenance appointments to ensure that your home's mechanical systems are in working order.

To learn more about smoke alarms, visit the Safety page of your property website and read the Fire Safety fliers. If you find that any of your safety devices are not operating properly and need to be replaced, please contact your Community Management office immediately.