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‘Spring Ahead’ Sunday with Properly Working Smoke Alarms 2019

Daylight saving time begins Sunday, so the Las Cruces Fire Department reminds residents to install fresh batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when they ‘spring ahead’ one hour.

Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10, and continues until Nov. 3. Most people tend to adjust their clocks on Saturday evening before going to bed.

The fire department encourages the installation of new batteries, and manually testing all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, at least twice a year. The first and last day of daylight saving time serve as good reminders to do so. 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.

Las Cruces residents can obtain free 9-volt batteries suitable for most smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. The 9-volt batteries were provided by a grant obtained by Keep Dona Ana County Beautiful and are available at Las Cruces Fire Station 1, 201 E. Picacho Ave., weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The batteries are available for free while supplies last.

For more information on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and other related safety measures, contact the Las Cruces Fire Department at (575) 528-4150 or visit the department’s website at