Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries When You Adjust Clocks

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The Brattleboro Fire Department is reminding everyone of this simple life-saving habit of changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when adjusting your clocks for daylight saving time.

According to fire officials, every year there are roughly 2,200 deaths and 11,000 ER injuries due to the more than 350,000 house fires throughout the nation. Proper installation, operation, and maintenance of smoke alarms reduce the risk of property damage, injuries, and death.The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

Daylight savings time starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10 when clocks are set ahead one hour. When adjusting your clocks, take a few minutes to replace your smoke alarm batteries and push the test button to ensure the alarms are working.

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