It’s time to turn the clocks ahead, and lose an hour of sleep. Daylight Savings Time kicks in at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Remember, it is also a great time to change your smoke detector batteries while you are changing your clocks for Daylight Savings Time. When you change your batteries, also test the detector to make sure it is working properly. Replace any detectors that are ten years or older.

Most fatal fires occur at night. Every home needs functioning smoke alarms to provide an early warning. Install smoke detectors on each level of your home, outside every sleeping area, and in the basement.

It is also a good idea have fire extinguishers on each floor, especially near the kitchen, garage, laundry room, and workshop. A fire escape plan is recommended for every home and should be reviewed with all the members of your family. Smoke alarms should be mounted on the ceiling 4” from the wall; wall mounts should be 4-12” from the ceiling. Do not install near draft areas (windows, vents). Call your local fire department if you have questions about placement. Source:  The American Red Cross