Time Change Means Changing Batteries In Smoke Detectors

PIERRE, S.D. – When it comes to Daylight Saving Time this weekend, South Dakota Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says there is more to it than just changing the clocks.

Daylight Saving Time starts at 2 a.m. local time Sunday morning. That means pushing clocks ahead one hour.

But Merriman says this is also a good time to change the batteries in smoke alarms. He says the alarms can save lives. The Fire Marshal said statistics from the National Fire Protection Association indicate:

Almost three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (41%) or no working smoke alarms (16%).

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