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Firefighters remind you to change your smoke alarm batteries

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Firefighters want to remind Georgians to change the batteries in their smoke alarms this weekend, when they change their clocks to daylight saving time.

So far in 2014 there have been 30 fire fatalities in Georgia. Firefighters says they often see homes with no smoke alarms, or smoke alarms with dead batteries. Safety Fire State officials say a working smoke alarm doubles the chances you will survive a fire in your home, and ensures continued protection of your family and property. 

Albany Fire Department Assistant Chief Sebon Burns said "So it's just the first line of defense. A Smoke detector is the main way we teach people to save their life. To save their property."

Firefighters say while you change your smoke alarm battery, clean the dust out of the device. Now is also a good time to change the battery in you weather radio, and to make an emergency plan in case of fire or severe weather.

In 2013 126 people died in fires in Georgia.

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