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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: Check Your Smoke Alarms as Daylight Saving Time Ends on Sunday

11/4/2022
For Immediate Release: Friday, November 4, 2022
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: Check Your Smoke Alarms as Daylight Saving Time Ends on Sunday

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis encourages Floridians to check their smoke alarms as you change your clocks when Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 6, at 2 a.m. According to the National Fire Protection Association, roughly three out of five fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms. Floridians should replace batteries in all smoke alarms as needed and test them monthly to ensure they are working properly.

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said, “Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, and as you change the clocks around your home, it’s a perfect opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and to test the alarms to make sure they are working properly. The end of Daylight Saving Time is also a great time to review your emergency plans with your family to ensure your loved ones are prepared in the event of a house fire or other emergency. Also, remember to check with senior family members and neighbors to ensure their alarms are in working order as well. Following these simple steps will help Floridians stay fire safe.”

Five Smoke Alarm Tips from the NFPA:

1. Test your alarms. Smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month or more frequently if directed by the manufacturer.

2. Interconnected alarms are recommended. When one sounds, these systems will sound all connected alarms.

3. Consider adding more smoke alarms. Install smoke alarms in and outside of every sleeping room and on every level.

4. Smoke alarms do not last forever. Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years. Follow the manufacture date recommendations.

5. When a smoke alarm sounds. Get out and stay out.

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About CFO Jimmy Patronis  
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).