Daylight saving time begins Sunday – set your clocks, change your batteries

On Sunday, March 8, at 2 a.m., we will set our clocks ahead one hour to adjust for daylight saving time. They will remain that way until Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 a.m., when we return to standard time.

The Fermilab Fire Department takes this opportunity to remind you to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as of November 2013 approximately 93 percent of all U.S. homes have at least one installed smoke detector. The agency estimates that 30 percent of these detectors do not work because of their age, battery removal or failure of the homeowner to replace dead or weak batteries.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, nearly two-thirds of deaths from home fires are in homes that do not have a working smoke detector or alarm installed.

As we “spring ahead,” you are urged to spring into action with the simple task of changing your smoke detector batteries.