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Change your clocks, change your batteries
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Dawson County Emergency Services urges citizens to change thebatteriesin their smoke detectors on Sunday, November 6, when they change their clocks as daylight savings time ends.

Having a working smoke alarm reduces your chances of dying in a fire by nearly half, said Dawson County Emergency Services Deputy Chief Tim Satterfield. Batteriesin smoke alarms should be replaced twice a year, he continued. Change your clocks, change yourbatteries.

The National Fire Safety Council recommends three steps to maintaining smoke alarms in your home:

Replace batteries in each smoke alarm at least twice a year or when the alarm chirps, telling you the battery power is low;

Test your smoke alarm monthly. If you cant reach the test button easily, consider using a broom handle. Never use a chair; always use a ladder. Consult the owners manual for your alarm to see if the button actually tests the units ability to sense smoke. Some test buttons just check the alarms circuitry, not its sensitivity to smoke.

Clean your alarm. Smoke alarms have small screens around the sensing chamber that keep small bugs and dust particles out. Dust that settles on the screen can cause slow air movement. To clean, just vacuum around the outside of the alarm at least once a year. Never remove the cover.

Dawson County Emergency Services offers free smoke alarms andbatteries to all county residents. To schedule an appointment for installation of smoke alarms in your home or to have your smoke alarm tested, please call 706-344-3666.