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Fire department reminds people to change batteries in smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 1st, and the Iowa City Fire Department hopes this will help people remember they should also be changing the batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes.

Taking proper care of alarms and detectors can reduce the chance of injuries or deaths in the case of a house fire.

The fire department notes there are two different kids of smoke alarms - lonization and photoelectric. 

Lonization alarms typically warn about flaming fires while photoelectric are quicker to warn about smoldering fires.

The fire department recommends the use of both in homes.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, smoke alarms should be installed on ceilings or high on walls on ever floor of the home, and should be replaced every 10 years.

Batteries in carbon monoxide detectors should have batteries changed more frequently - about twice a year - and should be replaced every five years.

The fire department also suggests developing a family fire escape plan in the event of a house fire.

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