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Change your clocks, change your batteries

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Area firefighters want to remind you to check your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors while adjusting your clocks for Daylight Saving Time.

Cedar Falls Firefighters say you should always check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms every few months. They say it's also important to have a game plan in place if your home catches fire or has some sort of leak.

"People put home security systems in, well smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms is a home security...the bad guy is fire and carbon monoxide," said Battalion Chief Rick Schmidt, Cedar Falls Fire Department. "We need to be able to know when that situation arises so you can react and save your life."

Chief Schmidt urges Iowans to change the batteries in both their smoke detectors and their carbon monoxide alarms. He says Daylight Saving Time is a great reminder to change the batteries.

"Carbon monoxide, you can't smell, so you won't know, you'll start off with some flu like symptoms, stuff like that, and you may go lay down and not wake up," said Chief Schmidt.

Many times, Chief Schmidt says he's been to homes where the fire alarm isn't working or the batteries have been taken out.

One example, "oh gosh, my kid needs a battery for his toy or this or that, let's pull it out of that," remembers Chief Schmit.  "Well that could cost you your life."

Now is also a good time to make sure you know how to properly use fire extinguishers and make an emergency plan for your family.

"It's always a good time to know what's going to happen in an emergency so that when that incident arises you know what to do it," said Chief Schmidt. "Have a meeting place outside...you need to be prepared, talk to your family, have a meeting plan, make sure that we know what to do and all the systems are working."

Cedar Falls Firefighters say if you need help changing your batteries or checking your detectors to give them a call and they'll send someone to help. Firefighters also remind people to never block the doors in your home in case you have to evacuate.

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