The Los Angeles County Fire Department wants to remind people that as they turn their clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, they should also prepare an emergency power kit for their families and make sure it includes fresh batteries for flashlights and portable radios.

Also, change the batteries in every smoke detector and carbon monoxide device in homes and apartments.

Having a working smoke detector increases the chances of surviving a fire, county officials said. The device may alert members of your family while you are asleep, giving you the extra critical seconds for survival. Follow these tips when handling and maintaining smoke detectors:

• Install smoke detectors on all floors of your home or apartment.

• If hardwire or electrical current is used, be sure to have a backup battery operated smoke detector, should there be a power outage.

• Mount alarms high on walls at least 4 to 12 inches from ceiling. For angled ceilings or vaulted ceilings, place detectors at highest point.

• Never paint over a smoke detector and use a vacuum cleaner when cleaning detector of lint or dust buildup.

• Have an escape plan in place and assure every family member recognizes the sound of the smoke detector alarm and knows what to do when it is activated.

• Test your smoke detectors monthly for proper operations and replace batteries at least twice a year. If the smoke detector “Chirps” frequently, this is an indication of a low battery. Change it immediately.

For more information, visit www.fire.lacounty.gov.