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Don't forget to 'spring ahead!'

Spring has almost sprung. It also means it’s time to spring our clocks forward with the arrival of Daylight Saving Time (DST).

DST officially starts at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11. That means you’ll want to move your household clocks ahead by one hour when you go to bed Saturday night, March 10. The change is automatic for most smartphones, computers, tablets and other digital devices.

One other thing to do during the time change: Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. According to the Kansas Fire Marshal’s Office, the time to change your clocks is also the time to change batteries in smoke detectors. Alkaline batteries in smoke alarms should be changed at least once a year.

It’s also a good time to check the manufacture date of smoke alarms. All smoke alarms manufactured more than 10 years ago should be replaced as sensors in smoke alarms diminish over time. To check the manufacture date, remove the smoke alarm from the wall or ceiling and look for the printed manufacture date on the back.

For those replacing smoke alarms, the State Fire Marshal’s Office recommends alarms with sealed, 10-year lithium batteries or, better, having all smoke alarms hard-wired and interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.

The time will change again on Sunday, Nov. 4, when clocks “fall back” one hour.


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