Daylight-saving time serves as a safety reminder

As daylight-saving time comes to an end at 2:00 a.m. on Nov. 4, Illinois residents are reminded to set their clocks back an hour.

Originally implemented as a way to better utilize daylight hours, daylight-saving time continues to be recognized in approximately 70 countries around the world.

In addition to gaining an extra hour of sleep, the annual time change is also a good reminder for residents to check and change their batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were approximately 370,900 home fires in 2015 leading to roughly 2,230 deaths. Carbon monoxide is also responsible for an estimated 400 deaths each year. 

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