Most people in the United States change clocks forward by 60 minutes before heading to bed Saturday night due to daylight saving time, but officials recommend keeping other things in mind, too. Experts say it's also a good time to replace batteries in smoke detectors and other devices. At least one governor even used the occasion as a reminder to avoid drowsy driving, as the change in clocks means losing an hour of sleep. Daylight saving time: What should I do. It officially begins at 2 a. m. Sunday local time. Move the clocks forward an hour. You'll switch clocks back an hour Nov. Ohio Fire Marshal Larry Flowers is among the many who say changing the clocks is a good reminder to also change smoke-detector batteries. Illinois Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis said it's also a good time to help children recognize the sound of a smoke detector and to practice an emergency exit. Why is New York sounding its own alarm. Andrew Cuomo said highway message boards throughout the state will carry the message: "Stay Awake, Stay Alive. " In 2013, 3,244 crashes in New York involved a driver who fell asleep.
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