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Spring forward: Daylight saving time begins Sunday

Good time to change batteries in smoke alarms, say fire personnel

Bay Area public safety officials are reminding residents to not only reset their clocks for daylight saving time, which begins early Sunday, but to also check smoke alarms and other emergency equipment.

At 2 a.m. Sunday, daylight saving time begins in most of the U.S. and the clock moves forward one hour.

The time change ends on Nov. 2, when clocks go back one hour.

The Belmont and San Jose fire departments are encouraging residents that while changing clocks on microwaves, ovens and other clocks around the home, people should change the batteries in smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors.

Monterey County public health officials are also reminding residents to check emergency supplies.

Health officials suggest making sure homes are supplied with three days of bottled water, non-perishable foods and any essential medications. (View a list of emergency supplies recommended by the Palo Alto Fire Department here.)

Pets also need supplies, and safety officials remind residents to have medication and food ready for any furry family members.

Public safety officials are also urging residents to test any detectors to make sure the alarm sounds work.

— Bay City News Service

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