Firefighters urge smoke alarm battery change as you 'spring forward'
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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
It's time to spring forward, and while you're adjusting your clocks for daylight saving time, the Clark County Fire Department wants to remind you it's the perfect time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
The department said it frequently responds to false alarms triggered by low-battery signals from smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
In addition to changing the batteries at least twice a year, you should test your alarms monthly.
"Smoke detectors are inexpensive and time-tested fire safety devices that belong in every home," said Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington. "Smoke detectors have proven to reduce fire fatalities by 50 percent. Changing the batteries at the beginning and end of daylight saving time gives residents easy to remember dates to start, or continue, this lifesaving habit."
Firefighters recommend installing a smoke alarm in every bedroom and on every level of your home.
You should also consider practicing home escape with your family twice a year, identifying all possible exits and escape routes from your home.
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