With DST ending this weekend, Clark County officials are reminding the public to change the batteries in their home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The public is also urged to keep pedestrian safety in mind where one hour less daylight makes it more difficult for pedestrians and cyclists to see, especially on evening journeys.
The clocks go back one hour for the return of standard time to 2am on Sunday November 6. Clark County is one of many community partners supporting the #Dusk2DawnNV crosswalk safety program created by the UNLV Transportation Research Center. The effort (which also uses the hashtags #PedsafeLV and #livesareontheline) encourages motorists to pay particular attention to pedestrians when it gets darker due to the time change and to encourage pedestrians and cyclists to be sure that they are as visible as possible on roads and in pedestrian crossings. . Anyone traveling on foot, bicycle, scooter or the like should wear reflective gear or lights to help motorists see them, and never assume a driver can see you just because you are legally crossing in a crosswalk.
“Fall is a good time of year to remind motorists and pedestrians to be extra careful when daylight gets shorter,” said Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft, a traffic safety advocate. “Unfortunately, most pedestrian fatalities occur between dusk and dawn, when it is more difficult for motorists to see pedestrians. Pedestrians should always stop and wait for vehicles to pass rather than believing drivers will see them and stop and wait for them to cross.
Drivers should obey posted speed limits and stay focused while driving. Pedestrians are encouraged to make eye contact with drivers when crossing roads and to only cross streets at crosswalks and intersections.
Public safety officials are also reminding the public that fall is a great time of year to make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
“We encourage the public to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the fall and spring of each year,” said Clark County Fire Chief John Steinbeck. “It’s a vital habit that can protect you and your family in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide problem in your home.”
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, or propane burn incompletely. Officials say any combustion item has the potential to produce dangerous levels of CO gas, including automobiles, charcoal barbecue grills, wood-burning fireplaces and stoves, and gas appliances such as clothes dryers, stoves and water heaters. Always keep garage doors open when operating a vehicle or other motorized engine, and make sure the vents of clothes dryers, furnaces, and similar appliances are unobstructed. Generators should be used in well-ventilated areas away from windows and doors; gas and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors. Officials say that when CO alarms and smoke alarms don’t work, it’s usually because the batteries aren’t working. Suggested tips include:
- Smoke alarms over 10 years old should be replaced.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button; replace them immediately if they do not respond properly when tested.
- Make sure everyone in the house understands the sound of the smoke alarm and how to react.
- Audible alarms are a warning sign that the battery is low and needs to be replaced.
- Install smoke alarms in every room, outside every bedroom, and on every floor of the house.
- The smoke rises; Install smoke alarms following the manufacturer’s instructions high on a wall or ceiling.
- Smoke alarms with strobe lights and vibration devices are available for the hearing impaired.
Carbon monoxide alarms
- Install it in a central location outside of every sleeping area in a home.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and height.
- Choose a CO alarm bearing the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
- Test CO alarms at least once a month and replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outside or near an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the house is represented. Call for help from a place with fresh air and stay there until help arrives.
Additionally, residents are encouraged to practice fire escape with their family at least twice a year. A plan should include identifying all possible exits and escape routes in your home and discussing them with all members of your household. A meeting place should also be designated a safe distance outside your home where everyone can gather in case of an emergency. Daylight saving time returns Sunday March 12, 2023, with clocks set an hour ahead.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11e-the largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 8 of the natione– Busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the largest public hospital in the state, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.