Knowing what to do in an emergency or disaster is the key to a quick response and recovery. The City of West Hollywood's Public Safety Department is dedicated to providing you with the tools you need to be better prepared.

Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries For Daylight Savings

It’s time to spring forward! Sunday, March 10, marks the start of Daylight Saving Time, when people across the U.S. move their clocks ahead an hour. It’s also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths in the U.S. are in properties without working smoke alarms. In nearly a quarter of home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound, and in half of those occasions, the smoke alarm had a missing or disconnected battery.

“A properly installed smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” says Fire Chief Daryl Osby of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “It’s also the most effective way to reduce tragic injuries and deaths.”

Carbon monoxide detectors are required in residences, per California state law. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include severe headache, dizziness, mental confusion, nausea and fainting.

Many companies now make 2-in-1 combination smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

In addition to changing the batteries in alarms and detectors this weekend, the Department recommends that residents also dust or vacuum around their alarms and detectors. Alarms that don’t work or are older than 10 years should be replaced.

Residents are also welcome to call or visit their local fire station if they want help or advice.

Helpful Links:

  • Emergency Mass Notification System
    Los Angeles County has implemented an emergency mass notification system that will be used to contact County residents and businesses via recorded phone messages, text messages or e-mail messages in case of emergency.
  • Emergency Supply Kit 
    You can cope with a disaster by being prepared before the disaster strikes. Create an emergency supply kit!
  • Public Access AED Program
    Learn about the city's public access automated external defibrillators 
  • CERT Programs
    Learn about the Community Emergency Response Program
  • What important docs should you have in your emergency kit? The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit explains them all!
  • Download the FEMA app for disaster resources, weather alerts and safety tips.

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