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Rockford Fire Department says check smoke alarms

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We first told you on Thursday about the connection between setting your clocks forward and checking your smoke detector batteries while you're at it.

The hour is approaching quickly and while we want to remind you you'll lose an hour of sleep, we also want you to understand the importance of having a fully functioning detector.

Before you turn in for the night, remember to set your clocks ahead one hour.  And as you do, local first responders say there is another thing you should be checking.

"The Rockford Fire Department recommends that you change your batteries in your smoke detector twice a year and during daylight savings time is the perfect time to do that," says Michael Adamany, a driver engineer for the Rockford Fire Department.

He sees first hand how important properly working smoke detectors are. "But we find that most fires could have been prevented if the resident had checked their detector and made sure that it was properly working and it had fresh batteries in it."

Most most require 9 volts.

"We recommend that you use a fresh battery, not a used battery, and they should last you until the next changing," says Adamany.

The Rockford Fire Department says nearly 3,000 people die nationwide each year in fires. Most of those homes do not have a working smoke alarm.

When Adamany and his crews respond to a call, whether it be fire or medical, they always check the home's detectors and replace batteries if they are needed. They even carry the alarms with them in case a homeowner does not have one.

"Even  though we have that program, we recommend that everybody takes it upon themselves an makes sure that their home and their family is safe by checking their  own detectors and making sure their batteries do work," says Adamany.  

The Rockford Fire Department also recommends that you have at least one working smoke alarm on each level of your home. An additional one outside of each bedroom is even better.

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