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Don't just set your clocks back for Daylight Saving Time

(WTVM) - Firefighters are reminding you to check the batteries in your smoke detectors when you set your clocks back this Sunday.

They say the end of Daylight Saving Time is a good time to put in fresh batteries and make sure your smoke alarms are working properly.

Firefighters urge you to change the batteries every six months and replace your smoke alarms every 10 years. Firefighters say too often they see smoke alarms with no battery.

"What they usually do, to stop the chirping noise, forget to put the battery back in," said Assistant Chief Sebon Burns. "[They] have a fire. Smoke alarm does not go off, and then you have a fatality."

So far this year, 60 Georgians have died in residential fires and 43 of those people died in homes with no working smoke detector.

Wednesday, Columbus fire fighters worked three separate house fires. Thankfully, officials say no one was hurt in those fires.

Residents can call the Columbus Fire Department at 706-653-3500 to get their free smoke alarms, if you are in need of one.

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