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Fire Department: When setting back clock, replace alarm batteries

With residents ready to set their clocks back an hour this Sunday, Nov. 5 as daylight saving time comes to an end, the Forsyth County Fire Department is reminding residents to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

“Replacing the batteries in your alarms is simple and relatively inexpensive,” said Fire Department Division Chief Jason Shivers. “By using daylight saving time as a cue, it makes the task easier to remember.”

The fire department recommends residents change their alarm batteries every six to 12 months, even if they are working.

Prior to replacing the batteries, residents should review the recommendations provided by the alarm’s manufacturer and replace the units themselves every seven to 10 years.

“It’s irrefutable that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives every day,” said Fire Chief Danny Bowman. “In order to save lives, it’s imperative that your alarms are in full working order and the best way to assure this is to replace the batteries and individual units when recommended.”

The Fire Department also reminds residents of the following safety precautions:

• Install a smoke alarm on every level of the home

• Ensure smoke alarms are clean and free of dust

• Dial 911 in case of any emergency

For more information, call the fire department at (770) 205-5699 or email