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Officials remind residents to turn back the hands of time

The Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management is reminding residents to set their clocks back one hour Sunday morning and to check their smoke detectors.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths from 2005 to 2009 were in homes without functioning smoke detectors.

Officials’ safety tips include:

→Replace smoke detectors at least every 10 years.

→Put a smoke detector in every bedroom, in hallways close to sleeping areas and on every level of your home, including the basement.

→Test the alarm once a month. Press the test button with your finger or use a broom handle. Always replace old batteries with fresh ones.

→Conduct regular home fire drills to make sure everyone knows how to get out of the house in case of fire. Establish a meeting area outside the house.

For fire safety information, go to www.usfa.dhs.gov/campaigns/smokealarms or www.loudoun.gov/smokealarms.

America Recycles Dayto be observed Nov. 15

Loudoun County will recognize Nov. 15 as America Recyles Day, a program designed to raise awareness of the economic, environmental and public health benefits of recycling, and to encourage residents to recycle more.

By choosing to recycle, Loudoun residents and businesses diverted nearly 100,000 tons of material from disposal last year, conserving the energy equivalent to an amount of coal that would fill a train five miles long, Loudoun officials said in a statement.

To learn about taking the America Recycles pledge, go to www.americarecyclesday.org. For information about recycling opportunities in Loudoun, go to www.loudoun.gov/recycle or call 703-777-0187.

County extends deadlinefor Land Use Assessment

Because of Hurricane Sandy, deadlines for the Loudoun County Land Use Assessment Program have been extended.

The deadline to apply for revalidation of properties and the deadline for new applications for the program, which defers real estate taxes on certain lands, is now Tuesday.

Forms and applications accepted from Wednesday through Dec. 5 will have a late fee of $300 per parcel in addition to the usual fees.

For information about the program, which encourages the preservation of land and natural resources, go to www.loudoun.gov/landuseassessment.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson

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