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Change your clock, change your batteries

Daily News staff report

Local fire department officials want to remind people that the end of daylight-saving time is the time to change the batteries in smoke detectors. When the clocks are turned back an hour, as they were at 2 a.m. today, it is time to check smoke detectors.

On average, smoke detector batteries need to be changed once a year, and changing them when daylight-saving time ends makes it easier to remember to do so.

According to national fire statistics, an average of three children die each day in home fires and 80 percent of those fires take place in houses without working smoke detectors. The most common reason for non-working smoke detectors and alarms is missing or dead batteries.

“The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping,” said Red, White and Blue public information officer Mike Roll. “Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce the number of those deaths. Children and senior citizens are most at risk, and working smoke alarms can give them the extra seconds they need to get out safely.”

Firefighters also recommend replacing smoke alarms every 10 years. For more information about smoke alarms, their placement and operation, contact your local fire department.

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