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Daylight Saving Time serves as fire safety reminder

Daylight Saving Time serves as fire safety reminder

With daylight saving time approaching Sunday, not only is it important to keep in mind to set your clocks correctly, but the American Red Cross says it's also important to test the batteries in your smoke alarms.

Sioux City Fire Rescue says you should have at least one smoke detector on every floor of your home.

But fire departments across the country are once again reminding everyone to check your smoke detectors and change the device's batteries.

Clocks need to be set forward one hour for daylight saving time on March 11 at 2 a.m. The National Fire Protection Association recommends the unit be replaced if it is more than 10 years old.




Since 1987, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and Energizer batteries have joined forces to raise awareness about the issue that nonworking smoke alarms are often responsible for home fire deaths and injuries.

Anyone can walk into a store and purchase a smoke alarm for as little as $10. Alarms should also be dusted and vacuumed. Working smoke alarms increase the chances of survival by 50 percent.

The clocks move forward one hour at 2am on Sunday. Have all household members plan what steps they should take if an emergency occurs. The manufacturer date can be found on the back of the smoke alarm. Replace the batteries every year. If the CO alarm sounds, leave your home immediately, and call 9-1-1. Test smoke alarms once a month.

Local responders say even if you check your detectors regularly, you should still put fresh batteries in every six months. Our divisions include the State Fire Marshal's Office, Insurance, Securities, Consumer Affairs, Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, Regulatory Boards, Tennessee Emergency Communications Board, Tennessee Corrections Institute, and TennCare Oversight.


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