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Daylight Saving: Check Smoke Alarms When Changing Clocks

Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths in 2005-09 resulted from within homes with no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms.

By Denell Boyd
Cobb Fire & Emergency Services 

We will revert to standard time on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 a.m. When you change your clock, remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms.

Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths in 2005-09 resulted from within homes with no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms.

When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead.  Almost one-quarter of the smoke alarm failures was because of dead batteries.

Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.

For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. If that alarm chirps, replace only the battery. Always follow the smoke alarm manufacturer’s instructions regarding battery replacement.

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