As residents prepare to usher in Daylight Saving Time, the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services also wants residents to include an additional step in their biannual routine.
Residents should also change the batteries in the smoke alarms when they change their clocks to adjust to the new time, said Fire Chief Tim Prather.
Prather said the annual change from standard time to daylight saving time is "a great opportunity to make sure your smoke alarm is working properly."
"Every year in Georgia, there are fire fatalities in homes that did not have smoke alarms, or where the alarms did not function because of dead batteries," he added. "If you have a smoke alarm, make sure it is in working order. Changing the battery at least once every year and cleaning dust from the device are easy ways to ensure continued protection of your family and your property. Having a working smoke alarm doubles the chances you will survive a fire in your home."
Daylight saving time will start at 2 a.m. Sunday.