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Remember to change batteries in smoke detectors for daylight-saving time

RELEASE DATE: March 28, 2006

TAVARES — The Department of Public Safety, Fire Rescue Division would like to remind all Lake County residents to change the batteries in their smoke-detectors for daylight-saving time on Sunday, April 2.

Fire officials across the nation encourage homeowners to replace batteries in smoke detectors when they change their clocks because it provides a convenient reminder. Daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday.

More than 90 percent of U.S. households have smoke detectors installed, however, an estimated one-third of those households have smoke alarms that do not work because of dead or missing batteries. Smoke detectors should be installed on every floor of a home and in hallways leading to bedrooms. While it is recommended that batteries be replaced in smoke detectors semi-annually, the devices should also be tested at least once a month.

The proper maintenance of smoke detectors increases the chances of surviving a fire by 50 percent. Coupled with a family fire-escape plan, operational smoke detectors can save lives. For more information about fire safety, call the Lake County Department of Public Safety at (352) 343-9458.

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