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Firefighters: Daylight Saving is Good Time to Check Smoke Alarms

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NBCRightNow.com - As we set clocks forward Sunday morning, firefighters want to also remind people to check the batteries in their smoke alarms. 

The State Fire Marshal's office says daylight saving is a good time to check smoke alarms in your home  to make sure they're working properly. 

In 2013, approximately 20% of fire deaths in Washington happened in homes without working alarms, between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

"If people don't like changing their batteries or if it's hard for them to change their batteries, there are a couple of manufacturers who make smoke detectors with 10-year batteries," said Captain Devin Helland of Benton County Fire District #1. "So, if you buy those you don't have to replace them for 10 years."

Helland recommends marking the date you buy a 10-year smoke alarm, so you know when it expires.

Daylight saving time happens at 2:00 a.m. Sunday.

 

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