Check the batteries

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety wants to remind everyone to check the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms when turning back clocks one hour this weekend. The alarms should be checked often and batteries changed once a year.

Last year in Minnesota, only three fire deaths took place in homes where smoke alarms were known to be present and working.

“These devices save lives every day, and ignoring them can be a fatal mistake,” said State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl. “When fire strikes, working alarms and a good escape plan become life or death issues.”