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Friday, November 01, 2013 8:01 PM

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State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers is reminding Ohioans to make a potentially lifesaving change when they move their clocks back one hour on Sunday: Change the batteries in your smoke alarms.

In conjunction with Ohio’s fire departments, the Division of State Fire Marshal encourages Ohioans to make a habit of changing the batteries in their smoke detectors at least twice a year – at the beginning and end of daylight savings time.


“This year I’m challenging Ohioans to protect their homes and families through the simple act of changing out their smoke alarms’ batteries,” Flowers said. “Working smoke alarms and a well-practiced escape plan with two ways out save lives.”


Flowers said firefighters still find that smoke alarms are often not present in homes or are not functional. Last year marked the lowest number of fire deaths in 26 years and yet data still showed that in an overwhelming majority of incidents where there was a fatality, there was no evidence of a working smoke alarm.

Flowers offers these additional tips:

• Test smoke alarms at least once each month to ensure that they are working properly.

• Vacuum the dust from inside the detector at least once every year.

• Never “borrow” a smoke detector’s battery for another use.

• Change batteries twice a year or if a detector “chirps” to signal low battery power.

If you have a smoke alarm with a built-in 10-year battery and it was installed before Oct. 31, 2003, completely replace the unit this weekend.

For more information about smoke alarms and fire safety tips, visit

Last Updated on Friday, November 01, 2013 8:27 PM

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