Daylight saving time starts Sunday
As people prepare to turn their clocks forward one hour for daylight saving time on Sunday, fire protection officials remind everyone to check their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well.
Officials say it is a good time to replace batteries and to make sure the devices are working. Most fire agencies have a program that can help seniors and others who need assistance as well.
• Test detectors once a month, by pushing the button on the cover until the alarm sounds.
• Replace batteries in all detectors at least twice a year.
• Never remove the batteries from detectors, not even temporarily.
• Regularly vacuum or dust detectors to keep them working properly.
• Don't paint over smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Every home should have an escape plan that is practiced so that all members understand what they are to do and where they are to meet outside the home in the event of a fire. An escape drill can actually be fun for children, and the lesson that is reinforced can save their lives.
"Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms unquestionably help save lives, but they are nothing without working batteries inside of them," said Chief Tonya Hoover, California's state fire marshal. "Just a few minutes twice a year to change that battery can truly mean the difference between life and death."
For more information, go to www.fire.ca.gov.