Remember to 'spring forward' Sunday and change your smoke detector battery | Daylight Saving Time

This Sunday, March 10, marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, the day of the year clocks must be reset one hour ahead. The change of the hour is officially scheduled to occur at 2 a.m.

In our modern age of everyday electronics, many items featuring clocks — such as cell phones, home computers and tablets — adjust themselves automatically. Many timepieces still do not: take one portable clock set to the right time and use it as a guide for resetting every clock in your home and automobile.

Wednesday, the Washington State Fire Marshal also issued a reminder to use March 10 as the day to check and change your smoke detector batteries.

"Smoke alarms most often fail because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries," Charles Duffy said. "So maintenance is a simple, effective way to protect you and your family."

Smoke detectors give households the critical seconds needed to escape an emergency fire, the media release read. Duffy's office further urged families to prepare and practice a fire escape plan.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

Read the Oct 26
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates