Daylight Saving begins Sunday; check batteries

Daylight Saving Time is coming on Sunday, and Forrest City Fire Chief Johnny Ruffin reminds residents to take the opportunity to inspect smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

“It’s a good rule to check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when the time changes. I generally test my detectors every three months to make sure they’re working properly, but a lot of people have become accustomed to changing out the batteries with the time change and that’s a good practice,” said Ruffin.

Ruffin said both detectors are needed, in good working order, in case of emergencies in the home.

“It is important to have those working well because you never know when they could save your life. If you’re asleep, a smoke alarm will wake you and give you plenty of time to exit your home whether there’s a fire or just smoke smoldering. The carbon monoxide detectors do the same thing. They both save lives,” said Ruffin.

Residents are reminded to “spring forward” and to set their clocks forward one hour before going to bed Saturday night.

Daylight Saving Time will continue until Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 a.m.