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Nicor Gas Shares Home Safety Tips as Daylight Saving Time Ends Nov. 6

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Nov. 3, 2016 – Daylight Saving Time will end at 2 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 6. As we prepare to set our clocks back an hour, Nicor Gas would like to remind and encourage customers to follow potentially life-saving tips to help improve safety in their homes.

The following are helpful tips to “fall back” safely:

  • Make it a semi-annual habit to change smoke detector/carbon monoxide detector batteries. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that consumers change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when they change the clocks for Daylight Saving Time.
  • Clean smoke detectors of dust and cobwebs to ensure proper function. Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Replace air and furnace filters. Most filters should be cleaned or changed every 60 – 90 days. A clean filter will allow the system to run more efficiently.
  • Adjust timer controls and programmable thermostats. Some older thermostats may not have an internal clock and need to be adjusted manually.
  • Check around your home and garage. Discard flammable and other hazardous chemicals and materials.
  • Have a fire escape plan for your family in case of a fire. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.
  • Check to see if your fire extinguishers need to be recharged or replaced. Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out.
  • Check bulbs and lighting timers. This will ensure timers are turning interior and exterior lights on/off at appropriate times.
  • Change batteries in flashlights and weather radios. Keep working flashlights in the bedroom, kitchen and family room in case of a power outage.

About Nicor Gas
Nicor Gas is one of seven natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Nicor Gas serves more than 2.1 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit www.nicorgas.com.

About Southern Company Gas

Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company.  Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.5 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in seven states and more than 1 million retail customers through its companies that market natural gas and related home services. Other nonutility businesses include investments in interstate gas pipelines, asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit Southern Company Gas at www.southerncompanygas.com

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