Change clock and check alarm batteries this weekend

WSFA 12 News is teaming up with the American Red Cross to launch its

WSFA 12 News is teaming up with the American Red Cross to launch its"Sound the Alarm Save a Life campaign

Sunday night, March 11th, move your clocks forward from 2:00am to 3:00am for Daylight Savings Time. That means pushing clocks ahead one hour.

Through inspection programs, through public education or people calling in, the fire department will urge that those smoke alarms be changed as soon as possible.

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.

Commissioner Hudgens encourages all residents to test and clean dust from the smoke alarms monthly. "Once they are over 10-years-old you need to replace them with a new alarm".

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

Homeowners should consider buying new alarms to replace units that are more than ten years old.

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The change back to Daylight Saving Time is happening this weekend, which is also an opportunity to check on live-saving equipment in resident's homes.

Barritt emphasizes that if a person has any questions about their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to contact the fire department.

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for testing smoke alarms and replacing the batteries.

Use this as a reminder to push the test button on the alarm. If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.

It's something Red Cross officials stress every time there's a fire: working smoke alarms.

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