Maryland Blogger: Time to Fall Back: Some Sound Advice

Time to Fall Back: Some Sound Advice

Time to Fall Back: Some Sound Advice


Fire Chief Scott Goldstein is reminding residents that one simple task can be a potentially life-saving one. The Chief is urging all residents to check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they are working when they change their clocks this weekend and to practice a home fire drill. "The busiest time for home fires is during the fall and winter months. A working smoke alarm  provides critical early warning of a fire resulting in more time to react and put a fire escape plan into action. We're asking all residents to take a few minutes to check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms this weekend.  It could just be a life-saver." 

Two minutes? Experts say you may have less than 2 minutes to escape a fire. Did you know the peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11 pm and 6 am when most families are sleeping? Help keep your family safe by following these fire safety tips:

1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement (finished or unfinished) and in all sleeping areas.
2. Three words: Smoke Alarms Expire. Retire old smoke alarms and replace with new ones EVERY 10 years from the date of manufacture printed on the back, or as recommended by the manufacturer. Be sure to follow County Code requirements for the type of smoke alarms required for your home.

3. Plan and practice home fire drills. Decide in advance who will help family members that may need assistance escaping (young children, older adults or people with disabilities) and establish an outside "meeting place" where everyone will meet.     
4. Make sure children recognize the sound of your smoke alarm and how to respond to its signal.

5. Know your battery type. Maryland’s Smoke Alarm Law (effective 1/2018) requires battery-only smoke alarms to have sealed in, 10-year long-life batteries which last the life of the alarm. The updates to the law emphasize the use of sealed, 10-year battery-powered smoke alarms however it is important to understand that battery-only smoke alarms are only appropriate where battery-operated smoke alarms are permitted by Code (generally in homes built b/f 1975) before hard-wired smoke alarm technology was developed. Remember: it is never acceptable to remove required hard-wired smoke alarms and replace with a battery-only smoke alarm.   

Questions? Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service is here to help! Call 311 or visit us on line to schedule your free home safety check. Be sure to bookmark our website for year-round safety information at:


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Comment balloon 9 commentsRoy Kelley • October 30 2019 05:53PM


Timely advice, Roy. This is a great time to plan safety routes in the event of a fire...or?  

Hope you and the chef enjoy the day.  D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 4 months ago


That is sound advice, we did just that prior to our last trip out of town a week ago. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 4 months ago

Roy Kelley thank for the reminder to fall back, and the safety sound advice.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) 4 months ago

Fear of fire makes me check my smoke detector monthly.  fall back and spring forward are good reminders for anyone who does not have the fear.


Posted by Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--, Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc. (Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc) 4 months ago

Good evening Roy. The only good thing about falling back is what was mentioned: checking and changing batteries on smoke detectors and carbon dioxide detectors.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 4 months ago

Those are all important tips, Roy.  My clocks are all switched back, other than those that change automatically.  That task is complete.  I'll enjoy the extra hour of sleep, but hate the long winter nights.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 4 months ago

Hello Roy - each and every person should have a plan in place that addresses health and safety maintenance issues concerning his/her/their home.  Javing that plan centered around events such as the time change twice a year is a good reminder.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 4 months ago

Hello Roy I did 25 pop by on 9 volt batteries to past clients that purchase in the last 2 years.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 4 months ago

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago