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Spring Forward, Lose an Hour of Sleep, It's Daylight Savings on Sunday

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Yes, it's that time again. Come Sunday morning at 2 a.m., your clocks should be put forward one hour. And springing ahead (and falling back for that matter) is always the traditional time for fire departments across the country to remind you to check your fire alarms. “Daylight Saving Time gives us a great opportunity to tune up our emergency systems at home,” Councilmember LaBonge said at a press conference yesterday. “As you’re going from room to room changing your clocks, why not check your smoke alarms, too? Emergencies happen. Why not be prepared?”

Personally here at LAist, we're nerds and build in a monthly check to our calendars and the LA Fire Department has a new Twitter account that reminds followers to check alarms monthly.

But these days, it's not just about fire alarms, but everything emergency, especially your water backup (you do store water, right?). The fire department recommends you switch out your water every six months, so the daylight saving switches are generally a good time to do that. We recommend storing ten gallons of water per person living in the house, that should last you ten days after an earthquake (don't forget your pets!).