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Prevent hazards during daylight saving time

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — As residents set their clocks back an hour to end daylight saving time on Sunday, Nov. 5, the Forsyth County Fire Department recommends replacing batteries in battery-powered smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

The Forsyth County Fire Department suggests that if the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are serviceable, they should be changed every six to twelve months.

Prior to replacing the batteries, review the recommendations provided by the unit’s manufacturer, and replace the units themselves every seven to ten years. It’s also important to test the alarms at least once a month by pressing the TEST button.

The Fire Department also reminds citizens of the following safety precautions: Install a smoke alarm on every level of the home, ensure smoke alarms are clean and free of dust, dial 911 in case of any emergency.

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

For more information about this program, contact the Forsyth County Fire Department at 770-205-5699 or publiceducation@forsythco.com.


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