With the time change today, Humboldt County Fire Prevention Officers remind residents to also change the batteries in their smoke alarms.

According to the release, about two-thirds of civilian fire deaths occur in residences without working smoking alarms, and the peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most people are sleeping.

The most common reasons smoke alarms do not properly function, according to the release, are: a missing or disconnected battery, a dead battery, an alarm is not cleaned regularly or an alarm is aged and possibly contains outdated parts. A smoke alarm should be replaced every 10 years, and improper installation or replacement could also affect the way it works.

For more information contact your local fire department.