Fire department reminds people to change smoke detector batteries

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And changing clocks back for daylight savings time for Sunday at 2 a good time to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, according Fire and Emergency Services.

St. Lawrence County residents are set to turn their clocks back tonight, and the Firemen's Association of NY is urging people to check their smoke alarm batteries.

Daylight saving time ends tomorrow.

Clocks will fall back tonight at 2am.

"Smoke-alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths", Red, White & Blue Fire Deputy Chief Jay Nelson said in the release. At a minimum, homeowners should have one smoke alarm on each level of the residence, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

"Saving your life can be as simple as checking your smoke alarms", says Bob Milie, President of Local 574.

For the best protection, interconnect all alarms so that when one sounds, they all sound. This reduces the chance of alarms chirping to indicate low batteries.

Replace the batteries at least once every year.

"Smoke alarms give you the early detection needed to safely escape a fire and only a carbon monoxide alarm can alert you to the deadly presence of CO". Replace the entire alarm if it's more than 10 years old or doesn't work properly when tested.