Spring your clocks ahead Sunday, change your smoke alarm batteries

Spring forward and check your smoke detector battery

Daylight Savings Time officially starts at 2 a.m. Sunday, March, 11. A number of local fire departments also have programs in which firefighters will come out and check smoke alarms to make sure they're in proper working order and help replace them or install new batteries.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), about two-thirds of home fire deaths occurr when no smoke alarms were present or failed to operate.

Thomasville Fire Rescue said this weekend is the ideal time to change batteries and test your smoke detectors.

Numerous detectors are sealed, and Barritt says they have a 10 year battery making them basically hands free. Little did they know these smoke alarms would save Larissa and Steve's lives when they alerted them to a fire in their basement less than two months ago. They must be replaced 10 years from the "born on" date.

"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. But the smoke detector is just one part of the equation.

Functional smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half, Trego says.

Most smoke alarms need a new battery every year.

State fire data indicates that 54 percent of Tennessee residential structure fires in 2017 occurred in homes where no smoke alarm was known to have been present.

"Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths". Both are good at detecting fires.

It's also a good time for everyone to take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies. Replace the batteries every year.

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