Daylight saving time begins Sunday

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As this weekend's time change approaches, North Bay Fire and Emergency Services remind you to make another change that could save lives - 'Change the Batteries in your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms'.

Fulton County Fire Coordinator Steven Santa Maria is asking everyone to get ready to spring forward for daylight saving time.

According to research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three of every five home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, and the vast majority of smoke alarm failures are due to dead or missing batteries.

Commissioner Hudgens encourages all residents to test and clean dust from the smoke alarms monthly. If they're 10 years old or older, they should be replaced immediately.

"Home fires are one of the most common disasters that happen in the nation".

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Teams making visits to homes will share fire safety and preparedness information and install smoke alarms in homes as requested.

Test alarms once a month using the test button.

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for testing smoke alarms and replacing the batteries.

"If alarms have removable batteries, those batteries should be replaced", a press release from FASNY said Friday. Replace the entire alarm if it's 10 years old or older or if it fails to sound when tested.

For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. Working smoke alarms increase the chances of survival by 50 percent.

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