Spring Ahead, Change Your Batteries: Daylight Saving Time Starts Sunday

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday morning, And as you “spring forward” an hour, state emergency officials suggest you use the occasion as a reminder to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

When you move your clocks ahead this weekend for daylight savings, fire officials are also urging people to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Daylight saving time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. The International Association of Fire Chiefs has promoted battery changes on the time-change weekend for more than two decades.

Firefighters say smoke alarms have reduced fire fatalities by about 50 percent. About 3,800 people died in fires in 2010 in the United States.

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