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Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday: Check your smoke detectors, too

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UNDATED (WSAU) -  Daylight Savings Time begins again this weekend, so plan to “spring ahead” one hour on your clocks before going to bed Saturday night.  Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday at 2:00 a.m.

Another good thing to do when you change your clocks is check your batteries. Wisconsin Emergency Management Director Tod Pritchard says it’s easy to forget about smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, but they need some occasional attention to make sure they’re doing their job.  "It's amazing how many folks don't have a working smoke detector.  It might be up in the ceiling, but the battery doesn't work or maybe it doesn't even have a battery.  Those kind of things are costing hundreds of lives every year."

Pritchard says old detectors that make noise when you push the “test” button are not always reliable.  "Those smoke detectors can only function for so long.  The systems inside of that little box only go for about eight to ten years, and then they start failing.”

Fire is not the only threat in your home. Pritchard says carbon monoxide can be deadly, and you may not even know there’s a problem until it’s too late.  "You can't see it, you can't smell it, you can't taste it, and it can take your life in a matter of minutes.  If you don't have a combination smoke detector-carbon monoxide detector, this is a great time to get one.”

New construction is required to have detectors built in. Pritchard says you should have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home, especially around sleeping areas and appliances like furnaces, stoves, dryers, and water heaters.

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