Change your clock, change your smoke alarm this Sunday

When Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, it’s not just a day to change your clocks. It’s also the date to check smoke alarms in your house, the Alaska State Fire Marshal said.

Fire Marshal David Tyler said in a statement Wednesday that 59 percent of fatal fires in the past two years did not have working smoke alarms in the structures. And in another 21 percent of cases, it could not be determined if smoke alarms were present and operating.

If Daylight Saving Time fails to serve as a reminder, Alaskans can also sign up for a free monthly email reminder to check their smoke alarms at www.akburny.com.

Generally speaking, the fire marshal recommends that smoke alarms should be installed in every room except kitchen and bathrooms and should be replaced every 10 years since they lose sensitivity over time.

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