Daylight Saving Time: Advance Your Clocks One Hour

March 11, 2022

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, 2022. For some, it's a welcomed event, as it means Spring is near and the daylight hours will be longer. For others, it's an hour of "lost sleep." Whether you're a fan of the "Spring Forward" or not, your internal clock will be off by an hour for the first few days, as you adjust to the new time.

Aside from setting your clocks an hour early, it is important that you check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Those batteries should be checked monthly and replaced once a year to ensure the device continues working to its fullest potential. If your smoke alarm is ten years old or older, then it is time to replace it as the sensor becomes less sensitive over time.

If you don't already have these devices installed, now is the time to do so. Each level of your home should have a smoke alarm and you should test the alarms monthly. It is also important that you educate your children on what a smoke alarm sounds like and that you talk with them about fire safety and what to do in an emergency.

Having a solid escape plan is also important during this time of the year. Having a plan that allows everyone in your household to escape in less than two minutes will provide enough time to escape a burning home before it's too late. Your escape plan should have two ways to exit each room and have a select spot for family members to meet outside the home.

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