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Time change means time to change the batteries

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As Georgia residents prepare to "Spring forward" this year, officials are reminding everyone of another habit they hope will catch on, this one in order to save lives.

"Every year in Georgia, there are fire fatalities in homes that didn't have smoke alarms, or where the alarms didn't function because of dead batteries," says Ralph Hudgens, Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner.

Hudgens says the annual change from standard time to daylight saving time is a good time to make sure your smoke alarm is working as it should.

"Changing the battery at least once every year, and cleaning dust from the device are easy ways to ensure continued protection of your family and your property," Hudgens explains. "Having a working smoke alarm doubles the chances you will survive a fire in your home."

So far in 2014, 30 Georgia residents have died in fires, according to the Georgia Department of Insurance and Safety. In 2013, 126 died in fires.

Hudgens also recommended changing batteries in flashlights and weather radios, and having an emergency plan in place in case severe weather threatens.

Daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 9 at 2 a.m., when clocks are set ahead one hour. So, remember to change your clocks—and your batteries.

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