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Douglasville, GA - It's that time of year again when we "Fall Back" from Daylight Savings Time. This is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms.
Smoke alarms provide the early warning needed to give people time to escape a fire. Half of all fire related deaths were caused by fires reported between 11 pm and 7 am. Most fire related fatalities are the result of smoke and toxic gas inhalation not burns. Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a reported fire by half. All U.S. homes should have at least one working smoke alarm, but almost two-thirds of fire deaths happen in homes without a working smoke alarm.
Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your residence, including inside and outside of all sleeping areas, as well as the basement and garage. Follow installation instructions carefully, and test smoke alarms monthly.
Manufacturers recommend replacement of smoke alarms which are over 10 years old.
Remember this weekend, when you change your clocks, change your smoke alarm batteries!
Batteries are available upon request; contact the Douglas County Fire Administration Office at 770-942-8626 for more information.