The day after Halloween this year brings the long-awaited “extra hour of sleep”, the end of Daylight Savings Time.

What it also should remind you to do is change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Many newer homes are hard-wired, meaning their smoke detectors are connected to the electrical system, and sometimes even to sprinklers. But much of Towson real estate is made up of older homes, most of which are not wired this way, which is why whenever we change the clocks, it is of utmost importance to change the batteries in the detectors.

It takes a few minutes and a few dollars, but could save a loved one’s life, or your home, in case of a fire.

So Happy Halloween, Happy Fall, and Happy Safety!