Sikeston DPS reminds residents to change smoke alarm batteries

Sikeston DPS reminds residents to change smoke alarm batteries

SIKESTON, MO (KAIT) - The Sikeston Department of Public Safety is reminding residents to do more than just set their clocks ahead this weekend.

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday at 2 a.m.

The Sikeston DPS asks that residents change the batteries in their home smoke detectors at this time also.

The batteries should be changed twice each year, so a good time to do that is when you change the clocks in both March and November.

According to a press release from the department, most deadly fires happen at night.

"A smoke alarm in your home can provide an early warning that could save your life in a fire," Captain J. McMillen said in the press release.

The department suggests residents install smoke alarms in all bedrooms and hallways that lead to sleeping areas.

You can contact the Sikeston DPS if you have any questions about the smoke detectors or where to put them in your house.

The department also said citizens should make sure to have a fire escape plan in place and have your family practice it.

That plan should include crawling when there is smoke and meeting at a predetermined location outside.

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