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With Upcoming Time Change, Salem Fire Stresses Safety

By Rob Sussman, WJBD News

The Illinois state fire marshal is urging residents to change smoke alarm batteries Saturday as Daylight Saving Time begins. 

State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis says each home should have a smoke alarm within 15 feet of every bedroom and at least one on every floor. Officials suggest changing batteries this time of year, and again in the fall when clocks are changed back to standard time. 

Fire authorities reported 2,050 structure fires in Illinois last year. Smoke alarms alerted occupants in more than 350 of those fires. 

The National Fire Protection Association reports that 60 percent of all fire deaths reported from 2007 to 2011 happened in homes where there was no smoke alarm or they were inoperable.

The Salem Fire Protection District suggests you go over the equipment and how it is used with your family. Make sure to have a plan for what to do in case of emergency.

If you have any questions about the operation of any of the equipment mentioned, or placement of detectors and fire extinguishers, or you would just like to talk to someone more in depth about what you could do to prepare yourself and your loved ones for an emergency, contact the Salem Fire Protection District by phone at 618-548-1800, or like them on Facebook.

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