Daylight saving time begins

Sunday, March 10, is the day the time "springs ahead" by an hour. Most people find it to their advantage to set their clocks ahead on Saturday night even though the official time change is 2 a.m. Sunday.

For Daylight Saving Time, the clocks are turned forward an hour in the spring and set back an hour in the fall. The attempt is to shift the work and activity day an hour for more daylight. For 2013, Daylight Saving Time begins the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November.

When the clocks are changed it is a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

According to California City Fire Chief Allen Smith, it's easier to remember to change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors if they are changed at the same time the clocks are changed.

Most buildings have smoke detectors, but Smith said firefighters often find the detectors with dead batteries or no batteries. Smoke detectors often make an ear-piercing shriek when battery power is low. As a result, the battery is sometimes removed to get rid of the noise. If there is no battery handy at the time and the detector is quiet, it is easy to forget to replace it. If the detector's warning is needed at some late time, it no longer functions.

By a California City ordinance effective in December of 2000, all residential rental units are required to have smoke detectors provided by the owner. The resident is then responsible for maintaining the smoke detector.

A form to be signed by both owner and renter indicating compliance with the ordinance is available at the California Fire Department or the California City Hall.

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