Clocks Go Back, Check Your Smoke Detectors

Red Cross urges residents to test smoke alarms

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Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour tonight.

At 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, clocks will "fall back" one hour to standard time.

The change shifts one hour of daylight to the morning from the evening.

Daylight saving time ends this weekend. "There are, however, even more studies that tell us that the change itself can cause accidents, injuries and even deaths".

Perez says IL law requires every household to have smoke alarms within 15 feet of every bedroom and at least one alarm on each floor of the home. "A chirping alarm means the batteries are weak and need to be protected".

Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

Typically, smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years, and carbon-monoxide detectors should be replaced every five years.

"One easy step - putting in fresh batteries - can save lives", Lake Dillon Fire Chief Jeff Berino said in a news release.

Replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years.

The St. Louis Fire Department will be canvassing neighborhoods throughout the city today, installing smoke alarms and helping families develop emergency exit plans for their homes.

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