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Fire officials urge residents to check detector batteries

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 11:34 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 7, 2014 12:13 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – Sycamore Fire Department officials asking residents to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when daylight saving time begins.

Residents will change their clocks one hour forward at 2 a.m. Sunday.

It’s a good idea for people to remember to change batteries in detectors every time they need to change the time, according to a Sycamore Fire Department news release.

The U.S. Fire Administration reports residential fires make up nearly 83 percent of all civilian fire deaths, generally because of a disconnected or dead battery, the news release states. Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke detectors, the news release states.

For more information, contact James Ward, Sycamore Fire Department Fire Prevention Coordinator, at 815-895-4514.

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