Tenn. fire officials: Change smoke alarm batteries

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding Tennesseans to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when they set back their clocks Saturday night for daylight saving time.

Officials say the early warning of a smoke alarm can double the chances of survival by increasing the amount of time a person has to escape a fire in their home.

Seventy percent of the fire fatalities in Tennessee last year occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

For fire prevention tips, visit: www.tn.gov/fire .