Daylight Savings Time is This Weekend

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Residential Daylight Savings Time Safety – from the Duncanville Police Department

This year Daylight Saving ends on Sunday November 4th 2012.  Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:00:00 AM clocks are turned backward 1 hour to Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 1:00:00 AM local standard time.  This also means it will be darker earlier in the evening.  PLAN NOW for this change.  Here are some simple tips to keep you and your family safe during the fall back time transition.

Personal Safety:

  1. While the time will change your normal routine such as going to work, school or other activities may not.
  2. Please remember there will be an adjustment period when you leave for the day during your regular time in the morning. The surrounding area may look very different due to the time change.
  3. Activities such as students, pedestrians. bicyclist and runners will still be present.  Please remain alert while driving and pay extra attention to school zones.
  4. Extra attention should be focused on areas where children and young adults travel to school. Remember to be alert for crossing guards.
  5. Small children should be walked to school by an adult or taken by vehicle.
  6. Speed limit postings should be strictly observed in all areas. Stay alert while driving by parked vehicles as children and pedestrians may not immediately be visible. Remember: Your reaction time may be greater during the darker hours.  Also remain alert for pets and wildlife.
  7. Students, pedestrians, walkers, runners and bicyclist should wear clothing that allows them to be visible. This may include: reflective strips, clothing, vest, etc.  A small flashlight for visibility should be carried.
  8. Those operating Bicycles should be visible and comply with all applicable laws.

Preventative Measures:

  1. In addition to checking your smoke detector batteries. The back-up batteries for your intrusion detection and or fire suppression system should be checked.
  2. Alarm system sensors and other features should be checked to make sure it is in working order.
  3. Codes, passwords, responder information and phone numbers should be updated with your alarm company.
  4. Lights on timers should be reset for both interior and exterior lighting. All lights should be checked for damage and burned out bulbs.  They should be immediately repaired or replaced.
  5. Exterior door locks should be checked with a key and proper maintenance should be done. Locks should also be checked for damage and corrosion.  Keys should be tried at least once a week for preventative maintenance.  This should include the interior garage door leading into your home.
  6. All windows should be checked to make sure they are in good working order and operational.  Window locks should be checked for tampering and corrosion. Window screens should also be checked for tampering or damage.  These should be fixed or replaced immediately.
  7. Garage door opener remote batteries should all be replaced.  The garage door rollers and springs should also be checked and maintenance should be done. This should only be done by a trained professional.
  8. Replace the battery for your vehicle remote/alarm entry system.

For more information on safety tips contact Officer Doug Sisk with the Duncanville Police Department’s Crime Prevention Division (972) 780 – 5027 or