Tip: Use time change as reminder for smoke alarm maintenance

November 2, 2012
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The Hood County Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding residents that when clocks in their home are set back one hour after Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. this Sunday (Nov. 3), that should serve as a time to either change the batteries in home smoke alarms or carbon monoxide alarms, or test them in the case of long-life lithium batteries. Fire Marshal Brian Fine reported that last year in Texas there was a residential structure fire every 29 minutes on average. The U.S. Fire Administration noted that the risk of dying in a residential fire is reduced by 82 percent in homes equipped with working smoke alarms and fire sprinklers.

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