Today was the end of daylight-saving time, when clocks should have been turned back an hour at 2 a.m. It's also a reminder to change batteries in home smoke detectors.
"Incidence of fires always goes up at this time of year because of fireplaces, space heaters and turning on furnaces," said Honey Shore, a Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue spokeswoman.
Dropping temperatures are spurring residents to begin using such heating devices, she said.
Shore said everyone is urged to have smoke detectors on each floor of a house.
The devices are inexpensive and can be purchased at retail, hardware or home-improvement stores.
The fire department will make arrangements for anyone who cannot afford a smoke detector, Shore said.
The department offers free home inspections to assess fire hazards in the home.
To set up a home inspection or to request a smoke detector, call Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue at (706) 863-7745.
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