Spring is closer than you think, and here's a sure sign: Daylight saving time arrives this weekend.
Most Americans will set their clocks 60 minutes forward before heading to bed Saturday night. Daylight saving time officially starts Sunday at 2 a.m. local time.
You may lose an hour of sleep, but daylight saving time promises an extra hour of evening light for many months ahead.
With daylight saving time beginning Sunday, the Kansas City, MO, Fire Department reminds residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clock.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, a working smoke detector increases a person's chances of a safe escape from a fire by more than 50 percent.
Residents who don't own a smoke detector and live in a single family residence may obtain one for free by visiting their local fire station and filling out a form. Free smoke detectors are not for owners of multiple rental properties or apartment complexes. Rental property owners are specified by code to provide working smoke alarms for their renters.
The fire department recommends residents to install at least one smoke detector inside every sleeping area and on every level of a home. Smoke detectors should be tested on a monthly basis, and their batteries should be changed twice a year.
For more information, call the KCFD Fire Prevention Division at 816-784-9100.
The time change is not observed by Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.
Daylight saving time ends Nov. 2.
Copyright 2014 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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