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Smoke detectors need new batteries twice a year

October 22, 2007

Albany -- Beth Parrish and her family moved into their new Albany home two months ago. And trying to juggle it all has been challenging for her.

"It's a little stressful when you work all day with children and a husband and all that, but the great thing about that is I love to decorate. So it makes it fun as well," said Parrish.

Though she's busy picking new paint colors, keeping her family safe is on the top of her list. "I have two small children and a husband so it is very important to maintain their safety in our home," said Parrish.

Changing the batteries in your smoke detectors is a quick an easy way to keep you and your family safe in case of a fire. And now is the time to set the habit.

"When we go to move the clock forward or move it back that should be an indication that we need to change our battery out," said Albany Deputy Fire Chief David Eddins.

Testing your smoke alarms monthly will also ensure they work properly in between the two time changes a year.

"Really its just as simple as walking by, and depending on the height, you may need to get a broom stick, and just push the button. All of them have a test button, that you simply push and it will activate and you can go on about your business," said Eddins.

And if your smoke alarm is hitting the decade mark, you need a new one. "Whether it's the battery operated or the battery and electrical operated, they should be replaced in eight to ten years," said Eddins.

Taking a few minutes out of your busy schedule to do some minor maintenance on your smoke detectors will help keep you and your family safe.

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