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Daylight Saving: a safety reminder

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Remember to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed. It's also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detector and flashlights.

A smoke detector beeping might be an assuring sound in the case of an emergency. Neglecting to change the batteries could cost a home even a life.

"For $5 or $10, it can save your life," said Albany Fire Department Battalion Chief J.K. Ambrose. "Pull it off the wall, check your smoke detector, and put fresh batteries in."

Ambrose says it's important for anyone with a stove, hot water heater or gas unit to make sure their carbon monoxide detector works too.

"Carbon monoxide is odorless and tasteless and the only way it's detected is through a meter," Bat. Chief Ambrose added.

When replacing batteries, Home Depot Manager Jason Warren says go ahead and include flashlights.

"Unless you have a power outage they usually don't get used," Warren said. "The batteries drain. That's why you use the time change as a good reminder to change your safety type stuff around the house."

It only takes a few batteries to replace your smoke detector and flashlights. Doing so every six months could save your life. It's important to replace smoke detectors every 10 years and carbon monoxide detectors every five years.

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