Fire officials remind residents to replace old smoke detector batteries

CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign Fire Department is reminding central Illinois residents to replace the batteries in their smoke detectors when they set their clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time this weekend.

According to statistics released from the National Fire Protection Association, three out of every five home fire deaths resulted from homes that had no smoke detectors, or from homes that had smoke detectors which failed to operate.

Fire officials say the main reason for a smoke detector to fail to operate is the lack of a working battery.  Officials also say working smoke detectors save lives, prevent injuries, reduce property damage, and provide early warning.

Champaign Fire Department officials recommend the batteries in your smoke detectors be replaced twice a year, and that the detectors should be replaced every ten years.
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