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Change clocks, change batteries
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Bonnie Bear is reminding local residents to set their clocks an hour ahead this Sunday.

Check your smoke detectors on daylight saving day this Sunday, March 14.

Daylight saving time officially starts this weekend. While resetting ovens, microwaves and wall clocks on Sunday morning, check smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and change out batteries. 

“A good rule of thumb is to check your detectors when the time changes,” said North Warren Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ramie Roberts. “The two times a year we change our clocks serves as a good reminder to make sure those devices are functioning properly and to change out batteries.”

Homeowners should also keep an eye out for the date of manufacture stamped on the devices. Smoke detectors lose their efficiency after 10 years and require replacing just like carbon monoxide alarms. 

Replace old detectors with new lithium battery smoke detectors and homeowners don’t have to worry about replacing the batteries at all for up to a decade. However, continue to test those devices twice a year to make sure they are functioning properly.

Monitoring your home’s safety measures are important. According to ready.gov, it takes less than 30 seconds for a small flame to turn into a major fire and mere minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.