Time to Fall Back, then change some batteries

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No, we are not going to recite the hickory dickory dock nursery rhyme.  But we are going to remind you of an important action that you can take as Daylight Saving Time ends.

So are you ready to "fall back" and spring into action?  Good, then let's do this!

Clocks turn back an hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6th with the end of Daylight Saving Time. That means it's also time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. It could save your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Some sobering facts: CPSC estimates more than 300,000 fires, 2,100 deaths, 12,000 injuries, and $6 billion in property loss each year from 2011 to 2013. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or where the smoke alarms are not working.

Carbon monoxide alarms also are life savers, so make sure you have one and that it's working properly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 400 deaths occur from CO poisoning every year.

Here's what you can do to stay safe:

Are you ready to change? Now is the time. Change your clocks, change your smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries and save the lives of those you love and care about.