Those 7:30 a.m. commutes are about to get a little brighter. Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Remember, you'll "fall back" by setting your clocks back one hour. Many electronic devices automatically adjust when Daylight Saving Time begins or ends.
Arizona, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa do not observe Daylight Saving Time.
If you like those light-filled days, take heart: Daylight Saving Time begins again March 10, 2013.
And firefighters would like you to remember some tips. When you change your clocks in the fall and spring, it’s also a good time to change smoke detector batteries and check to make sure other devices are in working order.
“It’s an easy thing to do but it’s important,” San Diego Fire Marshal Doug Perry said in a statement. “There’s no question smoke alarms save lives. But too many people forget to check their batteries and replace them regularly.
“Sometimes the batteries are dead, sometimes people have ‘borrowed’ the smoke alarm battery to use in something else. It can be a deadly mistake.”
So where should you have smoke detectors? Fire officials recommend one in all sleeping areas, outside each bedroom and on each level of your home.
Other tips from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department:
- Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings.
- Ceiling mounted alarms should be installed at least four inches away from the nearest wall.
- Wall-mounted alarms should be installed four to 12 inches away from the ceiling.
- If you have ceilings that are pitched, install the alarm at least four inches from the ceiling's highest point.
- Don't install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation.
- The smoke alarm itself has a lifespan of about 10 years. You’ll find a date stamp on the back of the alarm. If yours is more than 10 years old, it’s time to buy a new one.