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Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed where they can be easily heard, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.

"Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family's safety from a home fire", Walker said in the press release.

The reasoning for Daylight Saving Time is to give people more daylight later in the day during the warmer months of the year.

If the manufacture date is more than 10 years old, it is recommended that the smoke alarm be replaced. Alarms are usually good for about 10 years.

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Sehlmeyer also urges citizens to install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. Hear how this Red Cross volunteer saved his daughter's life by installing smoke alarms: Things like dust or bugs finding their way into the smoke alarms could cause malfunctions. "Unfortunately, we still see fires that result in tragedy from the absence of smoke alarms or improper upkeep of them". If someone doesn't have smoke alarms, install them.

Sunday night, March 11th, move your clocks forward from 2:00am to 3:00am for Daylight Savings Time. "Once everyone is out and meets there, they stay there" he said.

The chance of surviving a household fire is doubled in homes with working smoke alarms. If the alarm does not sound, Merriman says that it's time for the batteries to be changed. "Every year we see tragedy hit because a battery was removed for these reasons and was not replaced", said Sehlmeyer. "If you have a two bedroom home we'll put in two detectors in the rooms and one in the hallway", says Guetschow.

- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.