Daylight Saving Time to end Sunday

Published 12:31 am Saturday, November 1, 2014

People in Chilton County and across the United States will regain an hour this weekend as Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Residents are advised to set their clocks back an hour on Saturday night before they go to bed.

Residents may also use the switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time as an opportunity to change the batteries in their smoke detectors.

“It is recommended to change the batteries in smoke detectors twice a year, and a good way to remember to do this is to change them when time changes,” Clanton Fire Chief David Driver said. “We also recommend that the smoke detectors be tested weekly. Also, if you have any gas appliance or gas heat, it is suggested you have at least one carbon monoxide detector and change the batteries in those as well as in the weather radios twice a year also.”

Driver said residents using electric space heaters need to keep at least 3 feet of clearance in all directions from any combustible materials such as bedding and curtains.

He said not to leave space heaters unattended while in use and not to leave them on while sleeping.

Driver said extension cords should not be used on space heaters.

“All heaters (gas or electric) and gas logs need to be cleaned according to manufactures recommendation,” Driver said. “When using a wood burning heater or fireplace, keep all combustibles at least 3 feet from the fire and use the recommended fire screen or fire door as a barrier.”

The time change this weekend will accompany a significant change in the weather with lower temperatures arriving.

Saturday will be sunny with highs will be in the mid-50s and lows in the low 30s. Winds could reach 20 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS has issued a freeze warning for Chilton County in effect from 1-10 a.m. Saturday and a freeze watch in effect from 10 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday’s highs will be in the low 60s, and the lows will be in the mid- to upper 30s.

Sunday will be sunny with no rain and winds up to 7 mph.

Temperatures will continue to rise early next week, with highs in the upper 60s and lows in the mid-30s expected Monday.

Temperatures on Tuesday should reach the low 70s and dip into the low 50s with winds up to 6 mph.