Prepare to ‘spring forward’ this weekend |

Prepare to ‘spring forward’ this weekend

Clocks will be moved forward by an hour this weekend, bringing longer days ahead of us as we inch toward spring and summer.

California fire officials remind citizens to replace the batteries in all smoke alarms when turning their clocks forward this Saturday night/Sunday morning in observance of daylight saving time.

Smoke alarms play a vital role in reducing deaths and injuries from fire. According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) 95 percent of all homes in the United States have at least one smoke alarm.

However, 65 percent of home fire deaths occur in homes with no alarms or no working smoke alarms, according to the association. This minimal effort of changing the batteries twice a year could mean the difference between life and death. Already this year several fatalities have occurred in California which might have been prevented with working smoke alarms.

“Every year lives are lost in homes without smoke alarms or those homes with a non-functioning smoke alarm,” said Director Ruben Grijalva of CAL FIRE. “If everyone made changing the smoke alarm batteries as routine as changing their clocks, lives would be saved.”

CAL FIRE has the following advice on smoke alarms:

” Test smoke alarms once a month

” Replace batteries in smoke alarms twice a year

” Don’t disable smoke alarms even temporarily

” Regularly vacuum or dust smoke alarms to keep them working properly

” Replace smoke alarms every 10 years

” Practice fire drills so everyone in the family knows what to do if the smoke alarm goes off

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