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March 12, 2014
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Forsyth County Fire Department encouraged citizens to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as they set their clocks forward as daylight saving time began on March 9.

"Replacing the batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms throughout your house twice each year is a simple task that could potentially prove lifesaving," said Jason Shivers, division chief.

"A convenient way to remember to do so is by changing these batteries at the same time as you change the clocks in your home," he said. "At an absolute minimum, smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries should be changed annually."

The Forsyth County Fire Department recommends testing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.

Residents should consult the recommendations of the unit manufacturer regarding battery replacement.

The units themselves should be replaced every seven to 10 years.

The Forsyth Fire Department's Public Safety Education Division provides battery-powered smoke alarms free of charge for senior citizens and residents in need.

For more, call 770-781-2180.

FH 03-12-14

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