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Spring forward this weekend; more daylight ahead

Don’t forget to spring ahead his weekend.

March 10. Yes, it’s that time of year again.

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour on Sunday, March 12, for daylight saving time. There’ll be an extra hour of daylight a full week before spring begins on March 20, which is the first day of spring and President’s Day.

Daylight saving time will end at 2 am Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023, when we will “fall back” and again gain an hour of sleep.

All states except Arizona and Hawaii still spring forward and fall back in November.

Time for a change?

In 2022, the US Senate unanimously approved the Sunshine Protection Act to make daylight saving time the new permanent standard time. However, the measure was not approved by the House of Representatives before the 117th session of Congress ended in January, so the bi-annual ritual of changing the clock remains.

Don’t forget to test smoke alarms

The American Red Cross Greater Carolinas Region reminds everyone to test your smoke alarms.

Take these lifesaving steps to stay safe from home fires:

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms and sleeping areas. Test alarms monthly and replace the batteries at least once a year if your model requires it.

—Replace smoke alarms that are 10 years or older. That’s because the sensor becomes less sensitive over time. Check the date of your smoke alarms and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

—Practice your two-minute escape plan. Make sure everyone in your household can get out in less than two minutes — the amount of time you may have to get out of a burning home before it’s too late. Include at least two ways to get out from every room and select a meeting spot at a safe distance away from your home, such as your neighbor’s home or landmark like a specific tree in your front yard, where everyone knows where to meet.

—Teach children what a smoke alarm sounds like. Talk about fire safety and what to do in an emergency.