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      NFPA: Daylight Saving Time Perfect Time for Testing Smoke Alarms

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      Daylight Saving Time is coming up this weekend and the National Fire Protection Association says it's the perfect time to test your smoke alarms.

      The association says about two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or non-functioning alarms. They say the twice-a-year time changes are the perfect time to test alarms in your home and replace batteries.

      NFPA also offers the following tips for general smoke alarm maintenance:

      • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using thetest button.
      • Make sure everyone in the home understands thesound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
      • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 yearsold.
      • Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn'trespond properly when tested.
      • Smoke alarms with nonreplaceable (long-life)batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarmchirps, a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm rightaway.
      • For smoke alarms with any other type of battery,replace batteries at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, replace only thebattery.

      To learn more, go to the NFPA website.

        Daylight Saving Time will take place at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 9.

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