Daylight saving time begins this weekend, when we all lose an hour as we spring forward. Daylight saving time officially begins Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 a.m. in the morning, so, it’s advisable to set your clocks ahead by one hour prior to going to bed.
When the time changes each spring and fall, a University Extension official recommends changing batteries in smoke alarms and test them. Sherry Nelson, human development specialist with University of Missouri Extension at Palmyra, reports smoke alarms provide vital, inexpensive protection for your family.
It’s been reported at least 80 percent of fires in the United States occur in the
home. The National Fire Protection Association says that roughly three out of five
fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or alarms that are not working.
Nelson offers the following tips:
• Install a smoke alarm in every bedroom of your home.
• Put a smoke alarm on every level of your home. Large homes need more smoke alarms.
• Install smoke alarms on the ceiling or high on the wall.
• Test alarms monthly by pushing the test button.
• Change batteries twice a year, in the spring and fall, when you change your clocks for daylight saving time.
• Replace smoke alarms 10 years from the date of manufacture.