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Fire Officials Urge: "Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries"

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The time change brings a call to change out smoke alarm batteries.

3 out of 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties with no smoke alarms, or the ones there were not working.

"Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries" is the slogan the fire department has adopted to encourage people to make sure their smoke alarms are working properly.

Smoke alarm batteries should be changed bi-annually and detectors replaced every 10 years. 

Fire officials say they can save lives.

"The stats show us every year, in the United States, there's well over a million house fires, and as a result of that, there's also thousands of deaths. Most of those result in smoke, not fire, getting to people. So, it's important to have the devices in place, the smoke detectors, to be able to get that early warning to be able to get out in a timely manner," said John Hubbard, Battalion Chief with the Joplin Fire Department.

In addition to checking your smoke alarms, here are some other fire safety tips to keep in mind:


1. Have your furnace checked.

2. Have your chimneys and vents checked.

3. Test smoke alarms.

4. Cover the fireplace with a screen.

5. Beware of lit candles.

6. Beware of space heaters.

7. Know how to put out kitchen fires quickly.

8. Practice an escape route.

9. Fire extinguishers can be life-savers.

10. All household members should know 911.

The Joplin Fire Department also provides up to two free smoke alarms per family for qualifying households. Interested individuals need to fill out the proper paperwork to receive the alarms. The Joplin Fire Department also will assist individuals in installing smoke alarms or answer any questions concerning safety.

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