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Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Chattanooga Fire, Red Cross mark time change by installing smoke alarms

Chattanooga Fire, Red Cross mark time change by installing smoke alarms

This weekend, we change our clocks as daylight saving time comes to an end and we spring forward.

The Chattanooga Fire department and the American Red Cross came together Saturday morning to make sure residents had working smoke alarms in their homes. The W.Va. State Fire Marshal's Office reminds everyone to turn their clocks ahead one hour and to also change your batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as other safety items in your home.

According to the press release, OR law requires ionization-only smoke alarms that are exclusively battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery, hence the marshal's insistence in checking devices to make sure they work.

The 442nd Civil Engineers Squadron wants to remind people that daylight saving time is a ideal time to replace the batteries in their smoke alarms. They add that that smoke detectors should be in hallways that lead to sleeping areas, basements and on every level of homes.

Of those, in fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, more than half of them had missing or disconnected batteries after nuisance alarms, such as the alarm going off during cooking. And while you're doing that, it's a great time to check your smoke alarms.

They also say that families should have an escape plan, including a place to meet outside of the home, in case of fire, and to practice the plan.

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