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Daylight Saving Time ends with fire safety reminder

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Daylight savings time ends this weekend. Firefighters want you to use that as a fire safety reminder.

When you turn your clocks back an hour, they want you to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors, too. Across the U.S. last year, 2,500 people were killed in fires. Eighty three percent of those deaths came in house fires. Firefighters say, if all homes had working smoke detectors, more than half of those people may have survived.

"A lot of people have that misconception that I will wake up if I smell smoke, but unfortunately that's just simply not true smoke will not wake you up," said Assistant Chief Alan Cravey, Albany Fire Department.

The most fatalities occur in fires that break out between the hours of 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM. Firefighters say every home should have at least one smoke detector, two if the home is a two-story home.


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