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On Sunday Daylight Savings Time will end; that's when folks can move clocks back for an extra hour in the day. It's also a great time to change the batteries in smoke alarms, ensuring that alarms will be good in working order throughout the winter months.
"Batteries should be changed out at least once a year and doing so when the time changes makes it easy to remember," said Blackfoot Fire Captain Dave Krumenacker. "Even smoke alarms that are hard-wired in newer homes will have batteries for backup protection in most cases. The biggest cause of of an inoperable smoke alarm is dead or missing batteries"
Krumenacker stressed that all homes should have smoke alarms, one on every level of the house (outside of bedroom areas) and in basements.
"Having working alarms can cut the chance of dying in a fire in half," Krumenacker noted. "Estimates by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) shows that roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working alarms.
The Blackfoot Fire Department offered the following tips to keep fire alarms working properly:
-Test smoke alarms at least once a month and make sure all home occupants are familiar with the sound.
-Replace batteries at least once a year. Daylight Savings Time changes are easy time of the year to remember to change batteries. If an alarm chirps, it's time to change the battery right away.
-Replace all smoke detectors when they are 10 years old, or sooner, if they fail to work properly.
-Never remove or disable a smoke alarm.
Senior citizens or anyone needing assistance changing their smoke alarm batteries can call the Blackfoot Fire Department at 785-8605 and a member of the fire department will come and help with changing the batteries.