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Smoke alarms: Battery up!

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Sometimes saving a life is as simple as changing a battery.

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department says a working smoke alarm can decrease the risk of fire death by nearly 50 percent.

Fire fighters recommend changing your smoke detectors batteries once a year--often daylight savings time is used as a reminder

With daylights savings time kicking in Sunday--community firefighters and Red Cross volunteers made a few house calls throughout the state.

"We are helping the elderly, the disabled, and low-income to get their batteries replaced--people who don't have abilities, physically or financially to be able to replace the batteries in their homes," Red Cross Volunteer Barb Pitt said.

The visit was part of a free program called "Battery Up".

Volunteers changed batteries in 9 Iowa counties.

Cedar Rapids volunteers made it to 110 houses Friday and Saturday.

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