Red Cross Urges Pasadenans to Turn and Test This Daylight Saving Sunday

Published : Saturday, March 9, 2019 | 6:14 AM

The American Red Cross is once again reminding Pasadenans to Turn and Test this weekend, when Daylight Saving Time starts.

DST kicked in at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10, when Americans turn their clocks one hour ahead – or shift an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening – as a roughly century-old tradition centered around making better use of the day’s light.

The start of Daylight Saving Time is always observed on the second Sunday in March, and ends on the first Sunday of November. DST this year ends on November 3 at 2 a.m.

For the Red Cross, the weekend when Daylight Saving Time starts is a good time to “Turn and Test” – turn your clocks ahead and test your smoke alarms.

As a friendly reminder, the Red Cross advises everyone to test the batteries in their smoke alarms as they turn their clocks forward an hour.

“The minute you spend testing your smoke alarms could literally save lives – including yours!” the Red Cross said.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and their batteries should be replaced at least once or twice a year.

This weekend is also a good time for everyone to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies, including fires.

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