In case you forgot, Daylight Saving Time ended at 2 this morning (11/3). All of your clocks should now be set back one hour if you haven't done so already.

The Yakima Fire Department is also suggesting that, in conjunction with "falling back," you also test your home's smoke detectors and replace the batteries if need be. Most consumer smoke alarms run off of 9-volt (square) batteries.

YFD is offering a program to provide free smoke alarms for those who cannot afford them. If you or someone you know is on a fixed income, you may want to go to for more information on getting one at no charge.

You may also want to investigate getting a combination smoke detector/carbon monoxide detector (many newer models are now being built this way) as CO2 is -- in some ways -- more insidious than fire as it is a deadly gas that is colorless, odorless and tasteless. Such a devious gas can lead to taking an unwitting "forever nap" if not detected.

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