PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This Sunday brings the end to Daylight Saving Time-and the change also brings safety advice from the State’s Fire Marshal. Clocks are to be set back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night. State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman is encouraging South Dakotans to use the time change as a reminder to check the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Merriman says the clock-change weekend is a good time to make sure that detectors are in working order. He says most home fire deaths could be prevented if all homes had working smoke detectors. Merriman says those who don’t have smoke detectors should install them. Free smoke detectors are available from the Pierre Fire Department. Merriman suggests that smoke detectors be installed on every level of your home and says they should be replaced periodically-as detectors are usually good for about ten years. Merriman also advises that families make sure they’ve developed an emergency exit plan in case a fire occurs.
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