Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend, and Smithtown Patch urges residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when they spring forward.
The time change will take place at 2 a.m. Sunday.
From the Smithtown FD and St. James FD websites: "When people are warned early enough about a fire, they can escape before it spreads ... Most fatal fires occur in residential buildings between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. when occupants are most likely asleep. Over 90 percent of fire deaths in buildings occur in residential dwellings."