Thomasville Fire Rescue offers free smoke detectors

Volunteers are needed to install smoke alarms during a March 24 event on the Island

Daylight Saving Time starts at 2 am local time Sunday morning which means pushing clocks ahead one hour.

The age and expiration date of a smoke alarm can be found on the back, where the manufacture date is marked, according to the agency.

As always at this time of year, the Montreal fire department is reminding citizens to check their smoke detectors and replace the batteries. Because of this technology, the national slogan "Change your clock, change your battery" may not apply every year, but it is essential that residents check smoke alarms on a regular basis.

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The La Crosse Fire Department says the bi-annual time change is also a good chance to review your family's fire escape plan. And, in homes with working alarms that simply fail to operate, it is usually because of batteries were missing, disconnected, or dead.

Install smoke alarms. If someone doesn't have smoke alarms, install them.

Jason Keeling, American Red Cross said, "Around 39 people died in 2017 in West Virginia because their smoke alarms didn't work". Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years, test them monthly and clean them regularly. So far this year, Red Cross volunteers have responded to more than 12,500 home fires, and tragically, in some of these cases, lives have been lost. "Purchasing and installing smoke alarms with batteries that don't need to be changed annually is one of the most affordable ways to protect your family".

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It's also a good time for everyone to take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

Checking a smoke alarm is as simple as pushing the test button on the alarm.

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