Spring Forward Sunday Morning; Change Smoke Detector Batteries

daylightsavingtime_clockDaylight Saving Time begins early Sunday morning March 10, 2013. Please set your clocks forward one hour Saturday night. The purpose of Daylight Saving Time is to make better use of the daylight in the evenings. Many people believe that DST could be linked to fewer road accidents and injuries. The extra hour of daylight in the evening is said to give children more social time and can boost the tourism industry because it increases the amount of outdoor activities. DST is also used to save energy and reduce artificial light needed during the evening hours – although some studies dispute that claim.

Fire officials also remind you to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and other alert devises when you change your clocks. According to State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy, smoke alarms most often fail because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries so maintenance is a simple, effective way to protect you and your family. Warnings from smoke alarms can provide those critical extra seconds people need to get out of their homes safely. Plan, discuss and practice escape routes with your household members. Being prepared and knowing what to do in the event of a fire can save lives.