REMINDER: 'Spring Forward' This Weekend

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 9 at 2 a.m.

Don't forget to move your clock an hour ahead before you go to sleep tonight.
Don't forget to move your clock an hour ahead before you go to sleep tonight.
By Renee Schiavone 

As we prepare to change our clocks this weekend and "spring forward" by an hour, the state's firefighting agency wants to remind the public to change another household feature.

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 9 at 2 a.m.  At that time, we'll jump right to 3 a.m.

And while you're changing any clocks around your house on Sunday morning (or Saturday night if you want to head ahead of the game), Cal Fire suggests you also take the time to check the batteries in your smoke alarms.  

“The time change is a great opportunity to spend a few minutes making sure our home’s smoke alarms are in good working conditions and installed in the proper locations,” stated California State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover. “Most people know how critical smoke alarms are, but forget to maintain them.”

According to Cal Fire, working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire by half.  

"For years fire officials have asked homeowners to replace the batteries in their smoke alarms annually, but a recent law in California requires new smoke alarms to be equipped with a 10-year long-life lithium battery that doesn’t need to be replaced until the entire device is replaced after 10 years," a Cal Fire news release stated.  "It is still critical for residents to test their older alarms and replace old alkaline batteries annually."

Here are some smoke alarm safety tips courtesy of Cal Fire:

  • Smoke alarms should be tested monthly using the test button to ensure they are operating correctly.
  • Properly install and maintain smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas and on every level of your home.
  • Replace older alarm’s alkaline batteries every year, or when the alarm signals (“chirps”) the end of the battery life. If you don’t know the battery type - check and replace.
  • Inspect, test and clean smoke alarms at least once every year
  • Replace the smoke alarm itself at least every ten years.
  • Interconnected smoke alarms are best, because if one sounds, they all sound.
  • Use both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor smoke alarms.
  • Never paint over a smoke alarm.
  • Practice exit drills so everyone understands what to do when they hear a smoke alarm.

For more information on smoke alarms, visit: http://www.fire.ca.gov/communications/communications_firesafety_smokealarms.php.

Shawn Gordon March 08, 2014 at 11:00 AM
It is time to end this ridiculous custom. It does not save energy and all it does is feed politicians sense of ultimate power as though they are actually legislating daylight. There is the same number of hours of daylight, if you want it light later, then start your day earlier. As to kids, it is well established that kids need more sleep and should sleep later, if school didn't start till 9 or 10 they'd probably do a lot better. We are now on DST for over 7 months a year.
nonoise March 08, 2014 at 11:10 AM
Shawn is absolutely correct. But teachers want school schedules on their schedule, what is best for them and NOT what is best for kids. No one cares. No one is listening.
Shawn Gordon March 08, 2014 at 11:49 AM
I love when the teachers are on strike and their signs say it is for the children. I'm just not sure HOW it is for the children, since the kids are missing school, getting more crowded classrooms and shorter years. Crappy teachers with tenure are kept on, while dynamic and effective young teachers are fired. How exactly is that for the kids?
george gregory March 09, 2014 at 11:28 AM
leave the clock alone , i can adjust my own time to come and go, the only thing accomplished is reordering everyone so we all try to access the freeway at the same time
Shawn Gordon March 09, 2014 at 11:35 AM
i do suggest you write your congresspeople about it, I do it every time it comes up, the more they hear from people, the more likely they are to do something. The last extension to DST came with the stipulation that if it didn't save power, then it would automatically revert. The studies were that it didn't save power, but for some reason, it didn't revert. Make your voices heard.


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