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With day light saving time to end, be sure to check your smoke alarms

(WEEK) — It’s that time of the year again for changing the clocks and checking smoke alarms.

The office of the State Fire Marshal is reminding Illinois residents to test and replace batteries in smoke alarms as daylight saving time ends.

Clocks will be set back at 2 a.m. Sunday.

“The time change serves as a great reminder to test your smoke alarms and change the batteries in them,” said State Fire Marshal Matt Perez in a release. “Parents can use this time to teach kids how to recognize the sound of smoke alarms and to practice their home fire safety plan.”

The National Fire Protection Association reports between 2012-2016, almost three out of every five home fire deaths in the U.S. resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms.

Drew Veskauf

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