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Don't forget!

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By David Miller

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  As you change your clocks to daylight savings time Saturday night, you should also change the batteries in your smoke alarms, and make sure your smoke alarm is working.

Georgia Insurance and Fire Commissioner John Oxendine said, "Every year in Georgia there are fire fatalities in homes that didn't have smoke alarms, or where the alarms didn't function because of dead batteries."

"If you have a smoke alarm, make sure it's in working order.  Changing the battery at least once every year and cleaning dust from the device are easy ways to ensure continued protection of your family and your property.  Having a working smoke alarm doubles the chances you will survive a fire in your home," Oxendine said.

We should also change batteries in flashlights and weather radios, and have an emergency plan in place in case severe weather threatens.

Last year there were 15 fire fatalities in Georgia homes with no smoke detectors, and two fatalities involving non-working detectors.

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