Spring forward and test your smoke alarms

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Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, so residents should set their clocks forward one hour. Officials say there should be a smoke alarm in every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms.

"Working smoke alarms in your home are the most important step you can take to increase your family's chances of escaping a home fire", said Kentucky Fire Marshal Mike Haney. "In West Virginia the American Red Cross is working to encourage people to make sure they have working smoke alarms because if they don't it can be fatal", said Keeling.

Lieutenant Chris Graham with the Beckley Fire Department reminded the community of the importance of having smoke alarms, as they can save your life. Because of this technology, the national slogan "Change your clock, change your battery" may not apply every year, but it is essential that residents check smoke alarms on a regular basis. For these alarms, replace batteries at least once a year. A phone bank will be held Monday to help answer questions and schedule a date and time to have alarms installed. Never borrow a battery from a smoke alarm to use somewhere else.

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If the alarm is less than 10 years old, change the batteries and return the alarm to its location. "We want to make sure everyone is accounted for". When one sounds, they all sound. It's time to spring forward for Daylight saving time. Taking the time to practice both a primary and secondary escape plan is vital for knowing what to do if a real emergency were to occur.

Local responders say even if you check your detectors regularly, you should still put fresh batteries in every six months.

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