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ATLANTA -- Georgia Insurance & Fire Comissioner Ralph Hudgens is reminding Georgia residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms this weekend when clocks change to Daylight Saving Time.
The annual change from Standard Time to Daylight Time is a great opportunity to check smoke alarms, Hudgens says.
"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," Hudgens said. "If you have a smoke alarm, make sure it's in working order. Changing the battery at least twice every year and cleaning dust from the device are easy ways to ensure continued protection of your family and your property. Having a working smoke alarm doubles the chances you will survive a fire in your home."
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m., when clocks move ahead one hour.