Time change serves as fire safety reminder

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) -This Sunday, when you set your clock forward one hour, keep in mind to check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Firefighters remind everyone this is a great time to change the batteries in all smoke alarms. Non-working smoke alarms rob residents of the protective benefits home fire safety devices were created to provide.

When setting clocks ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday, March 10, do not forget to also change smoke alarm and carbon monoxide (CO) detector batteries.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries.

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for testing smoke alarms and replacing the batteries. They are more expensive than regular alarms, but the cost of replacement batteries is typically covered over the life of the product. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not from the date of purchase). Both are good at detecting fires. If your family doesn't have a plan, this is a good time to develop one. "In order for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to do their job, they need to have working batteries". Never borrow a battery from a smoke alarm to use somewhere else.

Jason Keeling, American Red Cross said, "Around 39 people died in 2017 in West Virginia because their smoke alarms didn't work".

Remove the smoke alarm from the wall or ceiling.

Checking a smoke alarm is as simple as pushing the test button on the alarm. Have all household members plan what steps they should take if an emergency occurs.