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Clocks Have Changed, Firefighters Say Change Batteries in Smoke Detectors

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Smoke detector batteries should be tested at least once a month. Smoke detector batteries should be tested at least once a month.
PASCO, WA- It is that time of year again that firefighters remind people to check their smoke detector batteries to make sure they are working.

Every daylight saving time across the nation, firefighters warn people about the dangers of not having working smoke alarms.

Pasco firefighters want to make sure families are safe.  They said on average, it takes them about six minutes to respond to a fire, and having working smoke detectors is key to making sure everyone gets out of the house in that small window of time.

"We go out in the community on our normal calls and we see a lot of smoke detectors where they've been pulled down, batteries are not in it.  That chirping in the smoke detector is an indication that it needs to have a battery change," said Battalion Chief Don Donais, Pasco Fire Department.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 2/3's of home fire deaths are in homes without working smoke detectors.  If homes have more than one story, there should be working alarms for each level.

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