Change in the weather sig­nals time to change alarm bat­ter­ies

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - Dear Abby is writ­ten by Abi­gail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Con­tact Dear Abby at www. or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

DEAR ABBY >> Fall is here and as we pre­pare for a change in the weather, it’s also the time we turn our clocks back an hour from day­light sav­ing time. Some­thing that ev­ery­one also needs to change could save their lives. That “some­thing” is the bat­tery in­side house­hold de­vices that many take for granted — smoke alarms, smoke de­tec­tors or car­bon monox­ide de­tec­tors.

In the U.S., three out of five home fire deaths are caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or WORK­ING smoke alarms. As a fire­fighter, I have seen these tragedies first­hand and be­lieve it is my duty to make sure we lower this num­ber. My mis­sion is for no bat­tery to go unchecked.

For the 29th con­sec­u­tive year, En­er­gizer and the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) are part­ner­ing to ed­u­cate the public about fire safety by re­mind­ing con­sumers of the im­por­tance of check­ing and chang­ing the bat­ter­ies not only in smoke alarms, but also ev­ery de­vice that helps keep us safe and re­laxed in our homes.

Think about your smart ther­mostats, flash­lights, home se­cu­rity sys­tems and other crit­i­cal de­vices. Many of them have a bat­tery com­po­nent that must be checked and changed in or­der to en­sure home safety.

I can­not stress enough the im­por­tance of set­ting aside the few min­utes it takes to en­sure these de­vices are work­ing. The IAFC also rec­om­mends REPLACING smoke alarms and car­bon monox­ide de­tec­tors ev­ery 10 years. Use the end of day­light sav­ing time as a re­minder to pri­or­i­tize the safety of your home. This sim­ple task pro­tects your home and the peo­ple you cher­ish the most.

— Fire chief John D. Sin­clair, IAFC pres­i­dent and chair­man

of the board

DEAR CHIEF SIN­CLAIR >> Thank you for the “timely” re­minder to my read­ers. I urge all of them to learn more about the Change Your Clock, Change Your Bat­ter­ies pro­gram by vis­it­ing en­er­­safety.

And buy your re­place­ment bat­ter­ies now, so you can in­stall them on Nov. 6 when you turn your clocks back.

DEAR ABBY >> I am dat­ing a great guy I have known for 10 years. We dated on and off, but al­ways re­mained friends. We were friends dur­ing my mar­riage, the birth of my daugh­ter and my di­vorce.

We are now dat­ing again. I would like things to work out be­cause he is such a great friend and great per­son. My 9-year-old daugh­ter adores him, too. The prob­lem is, I’m still hav­ing a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with my ex-hus­band. The sex is great and I don’t want to stop, but I’m afraid it will come back to haunt me.

I have been in­volved one way or another with both of these men since 2005. I’d like to just date the guy I am with, but our sex life isn’t nearly as good as it is with my ex. I know I’m be­ing self­ish. What should I do?

— Di­vided in Penn­syl­va­nia

DEAR DI­VIDED >> You may be di­vorced, but you are not free as long as you’re hav­ing sex with your ex. Be as good a friend to the “great guy” as he has been to you and let him go so he can find a lady who val­ues what he has to of­fer. Right now what you are do­ing is ex­tremely un­fair to HIM.

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