Fall has fully arrived in Wisconsin and with it comes the end of daylight-saving time. As you change the clocks back an hour this weekend, the City of Marinette Fire Department encourages you to use some of your extra time to check the carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms in your home, while also making sure your home emergency kit is ready for the upcoming winter. “It’s recommended that these units have their batteries changed at least twice per year,” says Fire Chief Jay Heckel.

“One thing that is just as important as the detectors is how your family can safely get out of the home in case of an emergency,” says Heckel.

If you have an emergency kit at home, this weekend is also a great time to check for expired products or items that may have been borrowed for other purposes and need to be replaced. Pay attention to the expiration dates on batteries, first aid supplies, and food. Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2 a.m