Fire marshal: change smoke-detector batteries this weekend

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state fire marshal is reminding Ohioans to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they move the clocks forward this weekend.

Clocks move an hour forward early Sunday to begin daylight saving time. Ohio Fire Marshal Larry Flowers says its good practice to change smoke-detector batteries when the clocks change twice a year.

If smoke detectors are more than 10 years old, he advises replacing them.

A smoke detector should be installed on every level of a home and inside each sleeping area. Families should develop an escape plan with two ways out and make sure everyone knows what to do and where to meet outside if the fire alarm sounds.

Smoke alarms should be tested once a month to make sure they are working properly.

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