Resident urged to spring forward and change their smoke alarm batteries this weekend


By Bay City News Service

Local fire districts are encouraging people to change their smoke alarm batteries this weekend in conjunction with the arrival of daylight-saving time.

People are reminded to move their clocks ahead one hour since daylight-saving time starts at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Many fire departments suggest making a habit of changing smoke alarm batteries to coincide with changing clocks in the fall and spring.

More than 66 percent of home fire deaths between 2003 and 2006 were in homes without working smoke alarms, according to Cal Fire.

Cal Fire recommends changing smoke alarm batteries twice each year, never borrowing or removing batteries, and replacing smoke alarms every 10 years.

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