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Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday, Citizens Reminded to Check Smoke Detectors

Daylight Saving Time Change BatteriesCity of Russell Interim Fire Chief Steve Knopp reminds folks that the upcoming beginning of daylight saving time on Sunday is a great time to check the batteries in your home's smoke detectors to make sure they are functional in the event of a fire.

"It's a good time to check your smoke detectors and make sure they are working if you haven't tested them. We recommend testing them once a month and changing the batteries once a year, so this is a good time to do that," Knopp said. "We'd like to encourage everybody that smoke detectors are your eyes and ears while you're sleeping, so they're a very important tool if they're used."

Knopp also said 75 percent of fire related fatalities occur in homes without functional smoke detectors.

Officially, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 AM on Sunday morning, but just before you go to bed on Saturday night, remember to move your clocks one hour ahead - or "spring forward". 

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