Public safety officials are reminding residents to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when they set their clocks forward this weekend.
Sunday marks the return of daylight-saving time.
"When you move your clocks ahead one hour on March 13, take the opportunity to replace the batteries in your home's smoke and carbon monoxide detectors," said Forsyth County Fire Chief Danny Bowman.
"This takes only a few minutes and it is something that could prove to be life saving."
The fire department recommends testing detectors at least once a month and replacing batteries every six months. The actual units should be replaced every eight to 10 years.
The department also recommends installing a smoke detector on every level of a home, making sure the units are clean and free of dust and dialing 911 in case of emergency.
The department's public safety division provides and installs at no cost smoke detectors for senior citizens and residents in need.
For more information, call Michele Cranford, public safety educator for the fire department, at (770) 781-2180 ext. 4028.