Local fire departments remind residents to change fire detector batteries as clocks spring forward

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This weekend as your turn you clocks forward an hour, local fire departments also remind everyone to check the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Most smoke detectors have a life span of ten years from the manufacturing date which can be found on the body of the smoke detectors.

On top of changing the batteries, it is also a good time to make sure detectors work properly and that your household has a sound fire safety plan in place.

“Changing the battery should be done any time you change your clocks, which is twice a year and this weekend actually is a time whenever you do change your clocks. So this weekend everybody should replace their batteries,” said Linn Baxa, Buckhannonn fire fighter/EMT. 

It is recommended to change the batteries and check the life span of detectors each time you change your clocks.

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