When is Daylight-Saving Time?
There are signs of spring — really! — and one is the coming of daylight-saving time, but when exactly do we spring forward?
If your back is aching from shoveling the recent dumping of snow, perhaps this will make you feel a little better: daylight-saving time is just around the corner.
Next weekend — 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, to be exact — clocks should be pushed forward one hour. So while we lose an hour overall, we're gaining sunlight by a couple of minutes every day, and it will be nice to enjoy it after work for a change.
Perhaps even more importantly, the Wauwatosa Fire Department hopes you'll also celebrate the unofficial holiday by checking your smoke detectors and replacing their batteries. According to the National Fire Protection Association, even though nearly all homes have a smoke alarm, they were absent in 28 percent of homes that experienced a fire, and inoperable in about half.
In addition, 38 percent of all home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms, while 24 percent resulted from fires in homes in which smoke alarms were present but did not operate.
The Tosa Fire Department has tips for on how to install and maintain smoke detectors on its website. And if you have any questions, you can call the department's Fire Prevention Division at (414) 471-8457.