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Reminder: Time changes Sunday
Authorities urge changing batteries in smoke alarms
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Forsyth County News

It’s time to fall back on Sunday.

Residents are reminded to turn back their clocks an hour for the end of daylight-saving time.

The Forsyth County Fire Department encourages using the day to change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

“Replacing the batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms throughout your house twice each year is a simple task that could potentially prove lifesaving,” said Division Chief Jason Shivers.

He added that the batteries should be changed at least once a year. Residents should consult the recommendations of the unit manufacturer regarding battery replacement.    

The fire department also recommends testing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms once a month. The units themselves should be replaced every seven to 10 years.

“The critical need for working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms throughout every level of a home cannot be stressed enough,” said Fire Chief Danny Bowman. “It is important to remember that you have no sense of smell when you are asleep, so smoke alarms are your only hope of being alerted to a fire.”

The Fire Department’s Public Safety Education Division provides battery-powered smoke alarms free of charge for senior citizens and residents in need. For more details about this program, call (770)781-2180.  

The department also reminds people of the following safety precautions:

• Install a smoke alarm on every level of a home

• Ensure smoke alarms are clean and free of dust

• Dial 911 in case of any emergency