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Change clocks, batteries this weekend
Authorities tout smoke detectors
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Forsyth County News

For more information on smoke detectors, contact Bob Westbrook, public safety educator with the Forsyth County Fire Department, at (770) 781-2180.
Sunday marks not only the beginning of a new month, but also time to make a few changes around the house.

The Forsyth County Fire Department is reminding residents as they turn their clocks back an hour for daylight-saving time Nov. 1 to replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

“It takes only a few minutes and could prove to be life saving,” said Fire Chief Danny Bowman.

Along with changing out the batteries every six months, the department recommends monthly testing.

Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said smoke detectors should be installed on every level of a home. Moreover, they should be clean and free of dust.

“Properly installing and maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home can help protect your family and your property,” he said.

The fire department’s public safety education division provides and installs free smoke detectors for senior citizens and those in need.