Change the Batteries and the Clocks

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Saturday night is the night we all have to take part in a fall ritual - turning our clocks back.

And area firefighters want to make sure we take the opportunity to change something else: the batteries in our smoke detectors.

We've had too many fires with tragic outcomes that might have been prevented, if there was a working smoke detector in the home.

"We would recommend that all homes have at least one detector, and preferably one on each floor," says Vienna Fire Chief Steve Scholl. "And for safekeeping, get a carbon monoxide detector and change those batteries at the same time also."

Fire departments in both Parkersburg and Vienna offer free smoke detectors to those who need them.

You can contact those departments to fill out the necessary paperwork.

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