It’s Time to Spring Forward & Test Smoke Alarms

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It’s time to “Spring Forward” and set your clocks ahead one hour. Daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 12, 2023. This event has been observed for 114 years. While setting your clocks forward, it’s also an excellent time to consider changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is reminding California’s that maintained smoke alarms can save lives. According to a press release from CAL FIRE “The risk of dying in reported home structure fires is 55 percent lower in homes with working smoke alarms than in homes with no alarms or none that worked. A working smoke alarm is a small price to pay to help keep you and your family safe.”

CAL FIRE also recommends that you test smoke alarms monthly to ensure they are in good working order and to replace all smoke alarms after 10 years. For more information on smoke alarms and fire preparedness, please visit the CAL FIRE’s website.

Also, in March, Spring begins on March 20, 2023. On the first day of Spring- the Vernal Equinox, day and night, are each approximately 12 hours long. The Sun crosses the celestial equator going northward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west. The word equinox means equal night.

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