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

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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