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Fire Marshal Suggests Changing Batteries This Weekend

Missouri officials are using Daylight Savings Time to remind the general public to change the batteries on their smoke detectors this weekend. KSMU’s Royal Yates reports.

Missouri fire marshal says more than 70 percent of fire related deaths in the U.S. occur in homes without a working smoke alarm. Each year, more than 2,400 Americans die in residential fires and about 15,000 are injured. The National Safety Council also reports that almost 700 people die each year as a result of unintentional poisoning from gas like Carbon Monoxide.

Randy Cole, current State Fire Marshal, says the semi-annual time changes are great reminders to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Cole also recommends that families throughout Missouri hold regular smoke and carbon monoxide detector tests as well as plan escape routes from their homes in case of emergency. Only 23 percent of U.S. families have developed and practiced a home fire drill.

For KSMU News, I’m Royal Yates.