Hoosiers will be turning forward the clock this weekend for the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. The State Fire Marshal is asking Indiana residents to take a moment to practice fire safety and change batteries in their smoke alarms at the same time.
Most smoke alarm batteries should be changed twice a year.
Indiana State Fire Marshal James Greeson says that since the beginning of the year, Indiana has suffered 20 fire fatalities, most in homes without functioning smoke detectors. Said the annual change from Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time is a good reminder to make sure your smoke alarms are working and have new batteries.
Greeson urges all Indiana residents to have at least one working smoke detector in the home. Ideally, smoke alarms should be located outside of each sleeping area. There should also be at least one on every floor.