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Spring forward carefully

Posted: March 7, 2009 1:26 a.m.
Updated: March 7, 2009 9:00 a.m.
 
On Sunday at 2 a.m. we "spring forward" one hour, stealing away that coveted hour of sleep before the start of a fresh work week.

While most of us simply adjust all the clocks in the house and forget about the issue until the news reminds us to "fall back," the beginning of daylight-saving time remains a good occasion to do the biannual safety checks around the house, county fire officials say.

An estimated 33 percent of home fire alarms have dead or missing batteries.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department recommends using the beginning and ending of daylight-saving time to change batteries in existing smoke detectors, whether they are dead or not, and to be sure the alarms are placed correctly.

Alarms should be mounted high on walls at least 4 to 12 inches from the ceiling. For angled ceilings or vaulted ceilings, detectors should be at the highest points, fire officials say.

A working smoke detector in your home clearly increases your chances of survival during a fire.

The device may alert members of your family while you are asleep, giving you extra critical seconds for survival.

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