It’s that time of year, Southwest Riverside. Time to spring forward on the clock for longer days and sleepy, can-get-out-of-bed mornings.
Residents throughout California will be turning their clocks ahead one hour in observance of Daylight Savings Time at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10.
And when they do, Cal Fire and Riverside County Fire Department officials urge residents to replace batteries in smoke alarms throughout the house and in carbon monoxide alarms, as well.
Every year lives are lost in homes without smoke detectors or those homes with a non-functioning smoke detector.
In a study conducted by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), nearly 96 percent of households report having at least one fire alarm.
Yet the US Fire Administration reports residential fires make up nearly 83 percent of all civilian fire deaths.
The culprit is generally a disconnected or dead battery.
To learn more, visit the Cal Fire website at www.fire.ca.gov.
*This post originally appeared on March 9, 2012 on SWRNN.