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Daylight Saving Time: Set Your Clocks and Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries Too

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Daylight Savings time

The rite of springing forward is a perfect time to test these life-saving devices, including carbon monoxide alarms.

When you’re moving your clocks forward this weekend for Daylight Saving Time, there’s one other potentially life-saving thing you should do: change those batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.

The time change is also a great time to test the alarms to ensure they are working properly, said Don Neal, director of Corporate Environmental Health and Safety at Southern California Edison (SCE).

“It just takes a few minutes and it could save your life or the lives of others,” said Neal. “Fires often spread fast and smoke detectors give you time to escape.”

Each year, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without smoke detectors or those that have non-working ones, according to the National Fire Protection Association. A working smoke detector gives people a 50 percent greater chance of surviving a home blaze, the fire association said. People should also test their smoke detectors each month to make sure they are working properly.

“If you have a smoke detector with a dead battery, you really don’t have one at all,” said Neal.

There are two kinds of smoke detectors, those powered solely by batteries and those that are hardwired into a home’s electrical system. The hardwired alarms have a backup battery, which should, like those powered solely by batteries, be replaced at least once a year. An advantage to hardwiring is that when one detector sounds, they all do.

In addition, there are alarms available for people with hearing disabilities. They may use strobe lights that flash and/or vibrate (using pillow or bed shakers) to alert those who can’t hear standard smoke alarms.

If a smoke detector chirps, warning the battery is low, you should replace its battery immediately. No detectors should be kept beyond 10 years because that is their expiration date.

Meanwhile, carbon monoxide alarms — which also come as combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms except with dual sensor smoke alarms — alert people to dangerous levels of the poisonous gas in their homes. More than 400 people die annually from unintentional, non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed on every level of the home and outside sleeping areas to detect the odorless, colorless gas known as the “silent killer” because it is virtually undetectable without them.

Whichever alarms you own, Neal not only recommends replacing the batteries in those critical and sensitive devices this weekend, but he also urges changing them in the fall when Daylight Saving Time ends.

“It takes 15 minutes to change out the batteries of your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors,” said Neal. “That’s a small investment of time to keep you and your family safe.”

source: SCE news release

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Woman airlifted from crash on Sheep Creek and El Mirage Roads Saturday night

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Traffic Accident on El Mirage and Sheep Creek Road
(Photo by Jessica Christopherson)

ADELANTO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Several people were injured in a T-bone crash at the intersection of Sheep Creek near El Mirage Roads Saturday night.

According to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, the traffic accident was reported at about 9:30 PM on August 8th and involved a silver Chevy Tahoe and a silver Ford F-150.

San Bernardino County Firefighters responded and located the Tahoe with major damage to the passenger side and used extrication tools to remove a young child. A female adult sitting in the front passenger was critically injured and a helicopter was requested to airlift her to a trauma center.

A CHP helicopter H-80 landed in the roadway and subsequently flew the injured woman to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Jessica Christopherson was on her way home from work when she drove up to the accident and heard children inside the SUV screaming and pulled over to call 911. Jessica said the little girl’s leg was pinned but when firefighters removed her from the vehicle she only had some scrapes.

According to Jessica, the dad in the Tahoe was okay and another little girl was shaken up and all three were taken by ground ambulance to LLUMC. The driver of the pickup truck sustained a gash to the back of his head.

Jessica told VVNG she’s almost been involved in several accidents on El Mirage Road due to people speeding and would like to see at least a 3-way stop sign instead of just one.

The California Highway Patrol Victorville Station is handling the investigation into the cause of the crash.

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Man found dead at High Desert Inn Motel in Hesperia

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HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Police said no foul play was suspected after a man was found dead at the High Desert Inn.

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, at approximately 1:02 a.m., deputies responded to High Desert Inn, located at 14320 Main Street, in reference to a medical aid call.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Taylor Reynolds said A 59-year-old male was found unresponsive at the incident location. “Deputies did not discover any signs of foul play,” stated Reynolds.

The spokeswoman said the investigation is being handled by the Coroner’s Division and had no other information available for release.

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At least 3 killed, 3 airlifted in 15 freeway crash near Baker

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BAKER, Calif. (VVNG.com) – At least three people have been confirmed killed, and three others were airlifted from a crash that shut down a stretch of 15 freeway Saturday evening.

It happened just after 7 p.m. on the northbound I-15 near Baker after an SUV crashed into the back of a semi truck and caught fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene they located the vehicle fully involved in fire with an unknown amount occupants still trapped inside.

Scanner traffic indicated that the fire quickly spread from the SUV to the semi truck, which was described as a 53-foot general cargo truck loaded with clothing.

Scanner traffic also indicated that three helicopters landed on the freeway to transport a 15-year-old, a child, and the child’s mother to Las Vegas University Medical Center.

In all, 1 person sustained critical injuries, 3 others sustained moderate injuries, and at least 3 people were pronounced deceased onscene with a possible fourth person still in the wreckage, scanner traffic reported.

Firefighters had a knock-down of the fire at about 9:45 p.m.

The identification of the deceased is not expected to be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Officers from the CHP Barstow Station are handling the investigation into the cause of the accident.

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