Fire Department: When setting back clock, replace alarm batteries

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As the time falls back an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday for Daylight Saving Time ending, this change can take a toll on our bodies and especially our children's sleep schedule. IAFF Local 574 firefighters remind you to not only change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time but the check your smoke alarms, too.

Daylight Saving Time will return on March 11, 2018.

Fire officials said having a working smoke detector increases survival rates during a fire by 50 percent. For more information on a smoke alarm, CO detector or battery, please call Rowlett Fire Administration at 972-412-6230.

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Fire Prevention Officer Captain Mike Maher says most fatal fires occur at night when people are asleep, and often the victims never wake up.

As per tradition, Quebec's fire safety services are encouraging everyone to check their smoke detectors and replace batteries as necessary.

It's the law to have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas. "A chirping alarm means the batteries are weak and need to be protected".

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Replace the batteries at least once every year.

If your smoke detector is over 10 years old, replace it with a new one. They will install up to three smoke detectors, free of charge, and these are nice units with ten-year lithium ion batteries and will help you put them in the appropriate places and take care of the labor.

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