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Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

Left to Right: Captain Mark Basnight, Charlotte Fire Department; Tim Greenhouse, Piedmont Natural Gas; Angela A. Broome, American Red Cross

We encourage everyone to follow these three simple steps - make a plan, build an emergency kit and be informed.

The American Red Cross, together with the Charlotte Fire Department and Piedmont Natural Gas are reminding everyone to change their clocks and change their smoke alarm batteries.

As Daylights Savings Time comes to an end on November 3rd, and everyone turns their clocks back one hour Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m., it is the perfect time to make sure your smoke alarms are working properly and to change the batteries. With winter quickly approaching and most everyone beginning to turn on their heating systems, it also makes this an ideal time to make sure the heating system is working safely and accurately.

“Disasters can strike quickly and often without warning,” said Angela A. Broome, regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross. “We are honored to embark on this joint mission to heighten the awareness of the importance of being prepared for the next emergency with Piedmont Natural Gas and Charlotte Fire Department. We encourage everyone to follow these three simple steps - make a plan, build an emergency kit and be informed.”

"We're so happy to partner with the Red Cross on this effort because we share and support their focus on safety and prevention," said Timothy Greenhouse, managing director of safety and community relations for Piedmont Natural Gas. "As the provider of natural gas services to more than 1 million customers, we invest substantial time, effort and money into educating our communities about how to live and work safely around natural gas. We appreciate this opportunity to reinforce that message once again."

“Charlotte Firefighters would like to offer our friends and partners a few safety tips during this wonderful holiday season,” said Captain Mark Basnight, public information officer for Charlotte Fire Department.

“Stay Alert by staying in the kitchen while cooking and please don’t allow yourself to be distracted.

Stay Safe when using candles and decorations. Consider utilizing flameless candles, and remember to never leave candles burning unattended. Stay Alive by making sure your smoke and carbon monoxide are working properly. A working smoke and carbon monoxide alarm may be the best life insurance policy you ever purchase.”

Red Cross volunteers and employees, Piedmont Natural Gas employees and Charlotte Fire Department fire fighters are reaching out to over 15,000 households providing safety information.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @GCCRedCross.

About Piedmont Natural Gas

Piedmont Natural Gas is an energy services company primarily engaged in the distribution of natural gas to more than 1 million residential, commercial, industrial and power generation utility customers in portions of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, including customers served by municipalities who are wholesale customers. Our subsidiaries are invested in joint venture, energy-related businesses, including unregulated retail natural gas marketing, and regulated interstate natural gas transportation and storage and intrastate natural gas transportation businesses. More information about Piedmont Natural Gas is available on the Internet at