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When you change your clock, change your smoke alarm batteries

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Posted at 5:51 PM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 17:52:22-04

RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond Fire officials are reminding residents to change the batteries inside of their home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as Daylight-saving time ends this weekend.

Virginians will set their clocks back an hour around 2:00 a.m. local time on Sunday, November 6. During this time, Richmond Fire asks residents to check their smoke alarms.

Residents should replace their batteries twice a year or when they begin to chirp, signaling a low battery. Officials recommend Daylight savings time because it happens twice a year also.

The Fire department is also reminding residents to test their smoke alarm monthly and change all alarms that are 10 years old or older.

The mechanism that actually detects the smoke becomes less reliable over time, officials said.

The Richmond Fire Department has a free smoke alarm installation program whereas all city homeowners can request a free smoke alarm by calling 804-646-1526. You can call Monday-Friday, during business hours to set up an appointment.