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Turn Back the Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- As you turn back your clocks this weekend, Kanawha County Emergency Management is reminding residents to also change the batteries in their smoke alarms.

Sunday, November 3, Daylight Saving Time ends and you will turn your clocks back one hour.

Just this past week five lives were lost in a fire in Randolph County, West Virginia, three of which were children. The home did not have any working smoke detectors.

Having a smoke detector in your home reduces your chances of dying in a fire by half. " At least it gives you some kind of early warning," says C.W Sigman, fire coordinator for Kanawha County.

The fire in Randolph County was just one of two in the past week that claimed lives. A fire last week in Logan County left two other children dead.

However, a smoke alarm will not help unless it has been installed properly. Sigman says, "You need one in the living room, a sleeping area and optimally, all bedrooms".

All batteries should be working and replaced every time you change your clocks.

Kanawha County Emergency management is getting a $6,000 grant from the county to give out smoke detectors free of charge and they will come directly to your home to install one.

Additionally, the International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends replacing your smoke alarms every ten years.

Click the links below to read more on the fires mentioned in this story.


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