Las Cruces, NM (KTSM) — Daylight saving time begins Sunday and the Las Cruces Fire Department reminds residents to install fresh batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when they spring ahead one hour.
Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 9, and continues until Nov. 2.
The fire department encourages the installation of new batteries and the manual testing of all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at least twice a year, preferably at the beginning and end of daylight saving time.
To check the operation of a smoke detector, simply press and hold the alarm’s “test” button. If it beeps, or rings loudly, it’s working properly.
Consumers should avoid testing a detector by using candles or matches placed under the alarm as repeated use of smoke to activate the device can cause them to fail when an actual fire occurs.
For more information on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and other related safety measures, visit the “Fire Prevention” link on the department’s website at www.CLCFD.com .