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Daylight-Saving Time starts Sunday - The perfect time to check your smoke detectors

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Yakima, WA -   This weekend we spring forward for daylight-saving time.   As you turn your clocks ahead one hour, local firefighters want you to remember to check up on your home's smoke alarms.

Taking the time to check up on your smoke alarms is one of the most important things you can do this weekend, just to make sure they are in working order. That's because if a fire happens when you're sleeping, smoke detectors are one of the only things in your house that can save your life.  

According to the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA, your chances of surviving a fire doubles if your house has a working smoke alarm.

"When we get dispatched to a house fire, we look at the fire when we arrive, and we do look to see if there is a functioning smoke alarm.  Typically 75 percent of time, across the county, according to the NFPA, the smoke alarms have been disconnected or they have had dead batteries.  So its very important to note that those [smoke alarms] are functioning," said Captain Jeff Pfaff, with Yakima Fire Department.

With new technology there are now different kinds of smoke alarms, some come with long lasting lithium batteries, and even ones for the hearing impaired. No matter which one you have, take the time to make sure its working.  If your smoke alarm is older than ten years old fire officials recommend that you get a new one.

Even though you don't always notice your smoke alarm in your home, it is important to take note of it and make sure it's working, and Daylight-Saving Time is the perfect time to do so, since you're already checking your clocks.