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3/8/2013
Spring ahead, already

We might have mentioned this before one year or another, but you don’t, technically, need to wait until Sunday morning at 2 to set your clocks ahead to 3 a.m.

That’s right; Sunday, already, is the day we hurtle headlong into daylight saving time.

Not for now are the arguments about how we don’t really get more daylight by changing the clocks. (It’s darker for an hour longer in the morning as a result — we know! We know! If daylight-saving haters agree to not bother telling us that, we won’t go into how much we like fishing in the extended daylight after work of a summer’s evening. Deal?)

For now, the issue is simply figuring out which clocks won’t change themselves (coffee maker? Old video player? Alarm clock?) and which, like our phones, are smarter than we are.

Speaking of smart, one intelligent chore at clock-changing time is battery-changing. Alaska State Fire Marshal Kelly Nicolello reminds us to check the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when we change our clocks in the spring and fall. It’s a good time to regularly change out batteries that aren’t lithium — batteries that can last 10 years. Test the alarms and if you have any hesitation, change the battery.

Nicolello says that although most American homes have smoke alarms, more than half of those alarms don’t work. An alarm that doesn’t work can cost a life; not worth the risk.

It’s easy to remember to inspect the alarms, clean them, test them and change the batteries as needed if we do it along with changing the clocks.

Back to saving daylight: In the fall, if we forget to change our clocks, the consequence is getting to church or Sunday dinner an hour early; not so bad. But this weekend, Saturday night-Sunday morning forgetfulness will yield arriving an hour late on Sunday — and that’s best avoided.

Remembering to change what few clocks require attention seems a small price to pay for this harbinger of spring: Spring ahead on Sunday morning. The time to save daylight begins at 2 a.m., which becomes 3 a.m., Sunday. Feel free to change your clocks before heading to bed Saturday.