When Does Daylight Saving Time Begin in 2013?
These lighter mornings indicate it's time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors, too.
By now, most people have noticed that daylight is beginning a little earlier each morning.
That means that spring — and Daylight Saving Time — is near. In 2013, the big shift happens on Sunday, March 10.
You should set your clocks forward at 2 a.m., meaning, yes, you'll lose an hour of sleep. But, you'll get an extra hour of daylight at the end of the day.
The time change will last until Nov. 3, 2013, when clocks will fall back an hour.
When you change your clocks in the fall and spring, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services reminds you that it is also a good time to change smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries and check to make sure the devices are in working order.
"Every year in Georgia, there are fire fatalities in homes that did not have smoke alarms, or where the alarms did not function because of dead batteries," said Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather. "If you have a smoke alarm, make sure it is in working order. Changing the battery at least once every year and cleaning dust from the device are easy ways to ensure continued protection of your family and your property. Having a working smoke alarm doubles the chances you will survive a fire in your home."
Prather added Georgia last year had 10 fire fatalities that occurred in places with no working smoke detector and eight involving "non-working smoke alarms."
The county Fire Department’s Fire Safety Education Division also provides battery-powered smoke detectors free of charge for senior citizens and residents in need.
For more information about this program, call (770) 721-7808.