With the end of daylight saving time Sunday, the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue reminds residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors and offers these tips:
→Place a smoke detector on every level of your home, including the basement and inside and outside sleeping areas.
→Check smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button.
→Change the batteries in alarms at least once a year.
→Hard-wire smoke alarms with battery backups must be tested monthly; replace batteries yearly.
→Do not remove the batteries from smoke alarms.
→Do not remove or disable a battery if the alarm sounds while someone is cooking or taking a shower.
→Keep smoke alarms clean. Vacuum or dust smoke alarms to keep them working properly.
→Replace the alarm every eight to 10 years. Consider installing a 10-year lithium battery-powered smoke alarm, which is sealed so it cannot be tampered with or opened.
→Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do in the event it sounds.
→Develop and regularly practice a fire escape plan. Be sure everyone in your household knows what to do and where to go during a fire.
The Pi Lambda Lambda chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity will provide Prince William County voters with a free ride to the polls Tuesday. To make a reservation, call 703-475-8501.
A public meeting to discuss Manassas city and school capital improvement needs has been rescheduled to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Mayfield Intermediate School, 8550 Signal Hill Rd., Manassas.
Project Mend-A-House is teaming with Groupon Grassroots, the philanthropic arm of Groupon, to raise funds for Holly Acres Mobile Home Park families.
The campaign will run through next Sunday. Project Mend-A-House will help nine families return to their Holly Acres homes in time for Thanksgiving.
For information or to make a donation, visit www.pmahweb.org.
A free presentation on Prince William County history will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the McCoart Administrative Building, Room 202 A and B, 1 County Complex Ct., Woodbridge.
The talk, “Did You Know? Interesting and Little-Known Stories From Prince William County History,” will be presented by librarian Don Wilson, who manages the Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center at Bull Run Regional Library.
Three high school students won the top awards in Prince William County’s first recycled art contest.
Katie Argueta of C.D. Hylton High School won first place for her piece, “Innocence.” Rachel Reynolds of Brentsville District High School took second place for “The Cobra.” Margaret Fish, also of Brentsville, won third place for her sculpture, “Asphyxiation.”
The contest was sponsored by the Prince William County Environmental Management System Council. The artwork was displayed last month at the annual Prince William County Recycles Day.