Fire Officials Remind You To Change Smoke Detector Batteries

Hopefully everyone remembered to set their clocks back an hour Saturday night and enjoyed that extra hour of sleep. Fire officials want to remind you about another change that should be made every time you change your clock.

Now that everyone has set their clocks back, fire officials say it's also time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Donna Hudson says that's something she takes very seriously.

"We have probably six smoke detectors in our house because first of all for our safety, but also have four in our house and children have to be able to hear the smoke detectors if they’re going to keep themselves safe and be able to get out of the house as fast as possible to ensure they're safety if our house were to catch on fire," Hudson said.

Hudson says smoke detectors are cheap and you can buy them nearly anywhere.

Fire officials say it takes less than five minutes to take the smoke detector off the wall change the batteries and put if back. Those five minutes could literally save your life.

"Every minute in a fire makes a big difference. Usually people don't die from fires, they die from the smoke inhalation and if they've got the smoke detectors in their house that are working properly, it gives them a good warning they can get out and hopefully everybody can get out of the house," said Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Delph.

Delph says it's also a good idea for every family to have an evacuation plan, in case a fire does start in your home.

Delph says you should always have a smoke detector on each floor of your house and one near every bedroom.

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