Fire Marshal: Change alarm batteries when time changes

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MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — With the daylight saving time change approaching this weekend, fire officials urge you to make one more change. This weekend is the perfect opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Free smoke detectors are available from local fire departments. On average, two children per day die in home fires, 80 percent of which happen in homes without working smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms cut that risk down by at least half. Fire officials also say it is best to replace the actual smoke detector every 10 years. “We picked a specific day to do that so people won’t forget about it, and again we tie that in conjunction with an event that everybody has to do,” said Don Friddle, fire marshal with the Madison County Fire Department. Fire officials say the extra hour Saturday night will be the perfect time for testing household detectors and practicing routine escape drills with your family. For a new detector or assistance with replacing a detector, call the Jackson Fire Department at 425-8347 if you live in Jackson city limits or the Madison County Fire Department at 424-5577 if you live in Madison County outside Jackson.

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