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Time to check your smoke detectors

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Smoke detectors can be a life saving tool if there is ever a fire in your home.

That is why the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends routine maintenance of your smoke detectors. The agency recommends testing your smoke detector at least once a month. On average the 9 - volt battery should be changed at least once a year. They also recommend changing the entire unit 8 to 10 years.

Because numerous fatal fires begin either early in the morning or late the US Fire Administration recommends putting a smoke detector both inside and outside of sleeping areas.

Your local fire department can help offer advice on other locations within your home that a smoke detector should be installed.