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Change Your Clocks, Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries

March 8, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Change Your Clocks, Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries

The simplist task can make all the difference. That's the reminder members of Sioux Falls Fire Rescue want to pass on this weekend. While we change our clocks, we should also be changing the batteries in our smoke alarms.

"Daylight Saving is kind of a staple the fire service has always used to remind us to change our batteries in our smoke alarms. It's recommended to do that at least once a year just to ensure they're charged and fully operational," Capt. Nick Luther said.

The National Fire Protection Association says that almost 2/3 of all home deaths from fires happen in buildings where the smoke alarm doesn't work, and Capt. Luther is still surprised how many homes he sees without them.

"Well, whether it's an actual fire or not that we go to and whether it's operational or not, just even on medical calls, we'll run into homes where they're not installed, they don't have them, not operating properly, they're broke or out of date," Capt. Luther said.

It's a task that only takes minutes, but it could save the life of you and your family.

"It is kind of understandable. It is easy to forget, it's kind of a small thing to do so it's easy to forget. Again, it's so important to do, and that's why we want to hammer it home," Capt. Luther said.

Capt. Luther says that depending on the brand of smoke alarm, they should last between 7 to 10 years as long as you change the batteries at least once a year.

Along with changing the batteries, Capt. Luther suggests sitting down with your family to map out escape routes in your home just in case that smoke alarm goes off.

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