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Time to change your smoke alarm batteries for safety

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Firefighters want you to use the time change this weekend as a reminder to change the batteries in your smoke alarms.

They say to ensure the safety of your family, you should change the batteries, clean the dust out of the devices, and test them twice a year.

Most fire deaths happen at night, when people are asleep.

Having a working smoke alarm doubles your chance of surviving a fire.

"This is your lifeline here," said Assistant Chief Sebon Burns. "If you've got a working smoke detector. It alerts you. It gives you time to get out of the structure. The fire actually, it doesn't kill you. The smoke is what kills you."

102 people have died in fires in Georgia so far this year.

Daylight saving time ends Saturday night.

Firefighters urge you to check your smoke detectors when you set your clocks back one hour.

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