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Fire Officials: As Clocks Jump Forward, Check Smoke Alarms

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, March 12, 2010
By Megan Hansen

This Sunday is not simply daylight saving time but an opportunity to check smoke alarms. That’s the word from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, which suggests checking your smoke alarm batteries in addition to setting the clock forward.  
Spokesman Daniel Berlant says smoke alarm batteries should be replaced twice a year.  
Berlant: “The smoke alarm is nothing without the battery inside, and so by just spending a little money, a little time, to replace the batteries, you can make sure you have a working smoke alarm that can alert you if there’s a fire at your house.”
The National Fire Protection Association says the majority of home fire deaths between 2003 and 2006 were in homes without a working smoke alarm.
Berlant says smoke alarms should be tested once a month and completely replaced every 10 years.
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