For Immediate Release: November 1, 2012

Change your Clocks, Change your Batteries

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin reminds all North Carolinians to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when they turn back their clocks this weekend for daylight saving time.

"Your risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half when the home has working smoke alarms," said Goodwin. "When you turn back your clocks, take the time to protect your family by making sure all smoke alarms in your home are working properly."

According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths in 2005-2009 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead.

To protect your home, follow these smoke alarm safety tips:

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