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Safety experts advise checking smoke and CO alarms when springing clocks forward Sunday

Safety experts advise checking smoke and CO alarms when springing clocks forward Sunday

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Experts say the time to discover a malfunctioning Smoke or Carbon Monoxide Detector is not during an emergency.

They recommend checking them twice a year, like when you're changing the clocks this weekend.

Pasco Fire told Action News each alarm is different and it's important to know your alarm.

If it has batteries, replace the battery at least once a year.

Pasco Fire Prevention Specialist Ben Shearer said even with new batteries, both smoke and CO detectors are only good for ten years.

Shearer said there's no good way to test the alarm's sensors; pressing the button only tests the battery and buzzer.

That's why he advises when in doubt, switch the whole thing out.

“Everyday we get phone calls from people whose alarms are beeping and they’re having a problem," he sighed. "It’s really a good clue when you put a new battery in and it still beeps, that alarm’s pretty old. It’s starting to, or has already, failed.”

Shearer said too many of the fires they respond to are in homes that don't have working smoke alarms— technology he claims increase survival rates by 50 percent.

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