When it's time to change your clocks, it's time to change your smoke alarm batteries

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WILLISTON, N.D. = This Sunday is the day to move your clocks forward one hour for daylight saving time. It’s also the time firefighters recommend replacing your smoke alarm batteries.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, three of every five home fire deaths happen because the smoke alarms weren't working. The Williston Fire department says most fatal fires happen in the evening when adults and children are asleep.

That's why it's important to change your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors both at the beginning and end of daylight savings time.

"If you don't change your batteries, you might not know that your smoke detector is not working at all. What they do is they recommend you get your batteries checked and you change them so that everything is in proper working order," said Williston FIre Department Cpt. Matthew Clark.

Clark says smoke detectors should be installed in all bedrooms in your home and should not be installed near ventilated areas.