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March 8 is beginning of daylight savings 

spring forwardCal Fire reminds residents to check their smoke alarms when they ‘Spring forward’

–Sunday, March 8 marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. Cal Fire is also reminding residents that it’s a great time to check the smoke alarms throughout your home.

Approximately two-thirds of all home fire-related deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms increase the chance of surviving a home fire by 50-percent, according to Cal Fire.

They recommend you install smoke alarms in every bedroom, in the hallways leading to bedrooms and on each level of your home including the basement. Do not install near windows or vents.

Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away. For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once per year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.

Test your smoke alarm every month by simply holding down the test button. Never paint over smoke alarms and routinely clean them from dust and cobwebs. Cal Fire says that every day a smoke alarm saves somebody’s life.



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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.