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That time of year: Change clocks, check smoke alarms

With the first day of spring right around the corner, daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 11 at 2 a.m. Since you can not replace the lithium battery, replace the entire smoke alarm according to the alarm instruct ions.

Numerous detectors are sealed, and Barritt says they have a 10 year battery making them basically hands free.

Each time the clocks change, The American Red Cross runs a "Turn and Test" campaign hoping to remind people to test their alarms each time they turn their clocks.

If you have an alarm with a removable battery, be sure to check the batteries every six months, and change the batteries every year.

Dead batteries cause one-quarter of the smoke alarm failures.

People can download the Red Cross Emergency app as well as visit this website to find out more about protecting not only themselves from house fires, but loved ones as well. Replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years.

- Test smoke alarms at least once each month to ensure they are working properly. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. Make sure everyone in the household knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes. "The early warning given by smoke alarms provide you with extra time to escape, especially children and senior citizens who are most at risk and need extra seconds to get out safely". If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery. He also recommends that you plan and practice an escape route to the outside of your home in the event of a fire.

State fire data indicates that 54 percent of Tennessee residential structure fires in 2017 occurred in homes where no smoke alarm was known to have been present.

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