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Time Change: Spring Forward (And Don't Forget The Smoke Alarm Batteries)

Time Change: Spring Forward (And Don't Forget The Smoke Alarm Batteries)

On Sunday, our clocks spring forward one hour to Daylight Saving Time. "Approximately two-thirds of all fire deaths occur in homes where there are no working smoke alarms".

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.

Red Cross Disaster Relief Manager Steve Guetschow says he recommends testing smoke detectors at least twice a year.

Firefighters say it's also important to check the back of your smoke detector for it's "born on" date because smoke detectors expire after 10 years. They are usually good for about 10 years.

"You want to have a common understanding and meeting plan where everyone should go" in the event of a fire, said Roger Sigular, battalion fire chief with the Jamestown Fire Department.

"Many of those could have been prevented if smoke alarms were present in the home and were properly working", said Merriman.

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Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

In case of fire, call 9-1-1 once you are safely outside your home. Both are good at detecting fires.

For the best protection, make sure all smoke alarms are interconnected. In addition, Ohioans are encouraged to develop an escape plan with two ways out and make sure every family member knows what to do and where to meet outside if the smoke alarm sounds.

- Most smoke alarms are operated with a disposable type of battery.

Locally, the Union County office of the American Red Cross has a supply of smoke alarms available without charge.

At least once a month, press the test button on smoke alarm.


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