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Forsyth officials: Time daylight savings with changing smoke alarm batteries
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The Forsyth County Fire Department recommends changing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at the beginning and end of day light saving time and taking the following 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

As clocks are set back early Sunday morning, the Forsyth County Fire Department is encouraging residents to change smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries.

Officials recommend changing batteries every six to 12 months and encourage using the beginning and end of daylight savings time as a helpful way to keep track.

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

Before replacing batteries, residents should also review recommendations by the alarm’s manufacturer and to replace units altogether every seven to 10 years. Officials also recommend testing the alarms once a month by pushing the “test” button.

“It’s irrefutable that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives every day,” Chief Danny Bowman said in the release. “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 department offers battery-powered smoke alarms free of charge to seniors and those in need in the county. For more information, contact (770) 205-5699 or publiceducation@forsythco.com.