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Check alarms as you ‘spring ahead’ for Daylight Savings Time

Published on March 7, 2014 by Stephanie C. Ocano

While you’re adjusting clocks for Daylight Savings Time this weekend, add one more task: swap out smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries for new ones.

The National Fire Protection Agency advises residents to:

* Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

* Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.

* Install carbon monoxide alarms on every level of the house, preferably near sleeping areas.

* Smoke rises; install smoke alarms following manufacturer’s instructions high on a wall or on a ceiling. Save manufacturer’s instructions for testing and maintenance.

* Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.

Official Daylight Savings Time is Sunday, March 9 at 2 a.m. At this hour, most electronic and computer clocks will reset and jump one hour ahead. So instead of 2 a.m. clocks will read 3 a.m.

The change in time is a way of making better use of the daylight during the longer days of summer. Time will fall back again this year on Nov. 2.

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