Change the clock, check your smoke alarm batteries

No one was injured in a small electrical fire early Tuesday morning, but the South Bend Fire Department says it could have been worse because the homeowners' smoke alarm did not work.

Firefighters want residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks for Daylight Saving time.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the risk of dying from a fire is cut in half with a working smoke alarm.

To test yours, you can purchase smoke detector test spray. You can pick that up for about $8 at department stores.

Spray it onto the detector and wait 5 to 10 seconds for a response.

If the alarm sounds, that means it is working. If it doesn't sound, change the batteries and try cleaning out the duster.

The National Fire Protection Association says you should check that alarm every month. But it is especially crucial if you haven't done so in awhile to check yours this week before the time change.

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