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It's Time Greenwich ... To Spring Your Clocks Ahead

Time to spring ahead to Daylight Savings Time.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Ready? Set? Go!

We gain an hour of daylight this weekend when we turn the clocks ahead for Daylight Savings Time at 2 a.m. Sunday.

As the snow piles melt, there are signs of spring all around — pudgy robins are rooting through leaves and frozen, matted grass for food; daffodils and hyacinths are gingerly poking their knobby leaders through the soil.

The most sure sign that spring is on the way, is setting the clocks ahead. And tonight's the night, as pop star Rod Stewart crooned. so we'll enjoy an earlier sunrise and a later sunset — more time to spend a Greenwich's enticing beaches!

And as we set our clocks ahead, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends testing your smoke alarms. 

Here are some of the NFPA guidelines on smoke alarms:

  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn’t respond properly when tested.
  • Smoke alarms with nonreplaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
  • For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.

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