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Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

The Branson Fire Department wants everyone to change their smoke alarm batteries when they set their clocks back this weekend.

The time officially changes at 2 o’clock Sunday morning, November 4.

In a new release the department said 29 percent of fatal fires have inoperable smoke alarms or none at all, according to the International Association of Fire Chiefs.  They said smoke alarms should be placed in all rooms where people sleep, on each level of the home and in common areas such as hallways and stairwells.

Dust or vacuum the alarms when you’re changing the batteries. You should also replace any alarms that are more than 10-years old and push the test button to make sure the alarm functions.  They also recommend taking the time to develop a home fire escape plan.