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Firefighters: Change Your Clock, Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries

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TYLER (KYTX) - Fire Marshals are asking people to "Change your clocks and change your smoke alarm batteries."

The batteries only need to be changed twice a year. The clock is ticking as we inch closer to daylight saving time.

"Getting an extra hour of sleep before work," said Jesse Emmert. He said he doesn't have perfect memory but he knows daylight saving happens twice a year: Once in the fall and again in the Spring.

Remembering those two days will help you remember to change your smoke detector batteries.

Assistant Tyler Fire Marshal Brandon Davis said, the little detectors don't get much attention until they go off, but it's those same little pieces of technology could save your life.

"House with working smoke alarms, your chance of survival are 50 percent greater," Davis said.

Emmert said, he needs to do a better job checking his smoke detectors. He remembers leaving his house with food cooking on the stove.

"It boiled all the way down and burnt like to a crisp and it   was smoking and stuff...and nothing was going off."

It fortunately didn't cause a house fire. Davis said, unattended cooking is dangerous, but the likelihood of having a fire will also increase more as the temperatures drop and people try to stay warm.

"Space heaters is probably the number on issue...space heater doesn't have to be touching something to catch fire," Davis said.

He also suggest having a working fire extinguisher along with a working smoke detector. Emmert said it's something he plans to do.

"You're gonna save my life cause I'm  actually gonna change my smoke alarm batteries."

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