On Sunday, November 4th, Daylight Savings Time will fall back one hour. When changing your clocks it is also a great time to change the batteries in your smoke detector. Replacing old batteries with fresh, high quality batteries keep your smoke alarms ready to protect you and your precious loved ones all year long. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 71 percent of smoke alarm failures were caused by missing, disconnected or dead batteries. To protect your family make sure smoke alarms are installed in every room and batteries are changed at least once a year.

Test alarms at least once a month by pushing the test button. If a smoke alarm chirps, warning your battery is low, replace the battery right away. Another good reminder is to clean your smoke alarms, remove any dust or cobwebs from your smoke alarm, to help remain sensitive and ready to protect.

Most importantly, make sure you plan and practice your escape route. Children are at an increased risk during a home fire, because they often become scared and are unaware of what to do. Make sure your children know the sound of your smoke alarm and know how to get out if they sound. Always have two escape routes from every room and ensure every family member is aware of the plan. When a fire occurs, don’t delay get out quick and stay out!
If smoke alarms are older than 10 years, it is important to replace existing alarms with new smoke alarms. This includes hardwired alarms with a battery back-up system.

Another safety tip is to remember to change the batteries in your flashlights and keep them in working condition. Making sure your emergency flashlights are in working condition when you need them will help prevent injury in an event. Keep a flashlight near your bed, kitchen, basement, and family room year-round.

These fire safety tips can help protect you and your loved ones. Remember, when changing your clock, change your smoke detector batteries, cover your evacuation route, check flashlights, and batteries.

Every year during the first week of October, Mayfield Electric & Water Systems, the American Public Power Association and 2000 other utilities across the nation celebrate Public Power Week. During this week, MEWS would like to show gratitude to our customers. As a public power utility, the safety of our employees, customers, reliability of our workforce and system are our main goals. Reliable utilities and excellent customer service is what our company strives to provide. This year is the 32nd anniversary of the week-long celebration by public power utilities, such as MEWS, that collectively supply electricity to more than 46 million Americans. As we have in the past, MEWS will be hosting opportunities for our customers to win energy-conserving products and will have give-a-ways as well. This year, MEWS will also be serving a FREE hamburger/hotdog lunch to show appreciation for our customers on Wednesday, October 3rd. Please come, join the fun, and enjoy lunch on us!

MEWS posts information and notifications through Social Media during normal business hours (7am to 4:30pm), Twitter and Facebook are online tools that can help connect Mayfield Electric & Water Systems effectively communicate with our customers. These tools can be used to quickly share information with people interested in our utility. Social media allows our customers to stay connected with us and receive minute-by-minute information about what’s going on with our utilities during normal business hours. There will be updates on power outages, water main breaks, boil water advisories, and traffic alerts due to maintenance. All customers do not follow MEWS on social media therefore we utilize the One Call System, local radio stations, or possibly door to door notifications when feasible. MEWS also uses social media to share information on energy and water conservation, preparedness, tips on how to lower your bill and information on special services and programs we offer to our customers.