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The fire department also recommends that you should replace your smoke detectors every 10 years.

Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. Sunday, when we move our clocks ahead one hour. Date each unit when they are installed and replace them after ten years - or sooner if they do not successfully pass the test by sounding the alarm when the test button is pressed.

Smoke detectors are getting "more efficient" as well, says Yancey.

While changing the batteries, check for the age of each alarm; smoke and carbon monoxide alarms don't last forever. For these alarms, replace batteries at least once a year.

NEVER paint a smoke or CO alarm. When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead.

Smoking is the leading cause of fire-related deaths, and cooking is the primary cause of residential fires, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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-Replace smoke alarms periodically.

"It's important for everyone to make sure their household is ready", said Mike Masto, regional disaster officer in Colorado and Wyoming. Little did they know these smoke alarms would save Larissa and Steve's lives when they alerted them to a fire in their basement less than two months ago. Interconnect the alarms so that when one sounds, they all sound.

The state fireman's association pointed to research from the National Fire Protection Association that concluded three out of every five deaths involving fire occurred in a home without a functioning smoke detector.

Devise a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room and a designated outside meeting place.

Courtesy of the State Fire Marshal's website.

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