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'Spring Forward': Change time and smoke alarm batteries Sunday morning
EUREKA- This Sunday residents across the North Coast will spring forward. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. so before you go to bed Saturday night, be sure to set your clocks one hour ahead. And while you're at it, local fire departments want you to change your smoke alarm batteries as well.
Fire officials say historically, the time change is a good reminder to also replace smoke alarm batteries. According to Humboldt Bay Fire, nationwide two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Many of those deaths happen because those alarms have dead or dying batteries.
Another reason your alarm may not work correctly is because it's dirty. Fire officials say as we spring forward this year and begin the spring cleaning season don't forget about cleaning those smoke alarms as well.
"With spring almost here this is when people start getting in to their cleaning mode in the house remember to clean your smoke alarms in the house when you're doing your vacuuming and your dusting because often times they're up on the ceiling and they go unnoticed but they do collect dust," Humboldt Bay Fire Battalion Chief Chris Emmons said. "So they need to be vacuumed out periodically as well."