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Change clocks this weekend; change smoke alarm batteries

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It’s time to fall back this weekend and get an extra hour of sleep on Sunday.

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, and the Indiana State Fire Marshal is reminding Hoosiers to turn their clocks back one hour.

State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson is also reminding folks that changing the clocks is a good time as well to change the batteries in their smoke alarms.

“When Hoosiers change their clocks back an hour, I recommend that they change their smoke alarm batteries too,” Greeson said. “Working smoke alarms are proven life savers, providing the valuable time needed to escape a fire.”

Greeson advises all residents to have at least one working smoke alarm in their residence. Ideally, smoke alarms should be located outside of each sleeping area. There should also be at least one smoke alarm on every floor. Smoke alarms are relatively inexpensive and many fire stations and related organizations maintain programs that offer free smoke alarms, especially to low-income families and individuals, senior citizens, and those who need extra time to evacuate a home in danger.

Some smoke alarm tips:

* Test all smoke alarms every month to ensure they are working properly.

* Consider smoke alarms with lithium-powered batteries for longer life. These types of alarms may not require a battery change for the life of the unit.

* Regular batteries should be changed at least once a year, preferably twice.

* Replace any smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old, as sensors begin to lose efficacy.

* Remove any dust from the front of the smoke alarm.

* Craft a family escape plan and practice it at least every six months. Plans should include at least two different ways each family member could escape various parts of the home. Designate a special place outside of the home where family members are to meet after escaping a fire.



Posted 11/3/2017




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