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Reminder given to change smoke detector batteries - and clocks, too

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As a part of a public service announcement by the State Fire Marshal's Office that has been in place for years, fire officials nationally, regionally and locally ask residents to take a few minutes to test smoke alarms when you change your clocks this weekend.

Changing smoke alarm batteries twice a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce fire injuries and death. Alarms should also be dusted and vacuumed. Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years or sooner if they don't respond when testing.

State fire data indicates that 54 percent of Tennessee residential structure fires in 2017 occurred in homes where no smoke alarm was known to have been present.

Volunteer firefighters is reminding residents to check their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they're in working order.

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We are springing forward this weekend with Daylight Savings Time taking place on Sunday, March 11.

Fulton County Fire Coordinator Steven Santa Maria is asking everyone to get ready to spring forward for daylight saving time. The smoke and toxic gases generated by a fire can cause people to sleep more deeply, narrowing the chances of surviving a fire.

DO NOT remove the batteries from your smoke alarms to put in other appliances.

Test alarms once a month using the test button. Then practice the plan at least two times a year.

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