The Burn Institute and the San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association remind the public to change smoke alarm batteries when they set their clocks ahead for Daylight Saving Time, which starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8.
“It’s a habit that can save a life,” says Diane Sparacino, the Burn Institute’s communications director.
Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a house fire by 50 percent, according to the Burn Institute.
Persons who are are 55 years or older, own their own home and do not have a working smoking alarm qualify for a free smoke alarm installation. To apply for the free program, call the Burn Institute at 858-541-2277, extension 15. The next round of San Diego County installations will be in April and May.
To prepare for Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, the recommendation is to set clocks ahead one hour before going to sleep Saturday night.