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Newsfront - March 7, 2008

Check smoke alarms for age, not just batteries

With the beginning of daylight-saving time this weekend, many people will change the batteries in their smoke alarms, along with setting their clocks ahead one hour. However, studies from the National Fire Protection Association indicate one out of four alarms may not be functional due to its age.

"We need people to remember that smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years," said Debbie Hanson, director of external affairs for First Alert.

Also the smoke alarms today offer new technologies and features. Products include smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and technology that allows homeowners to create a network of smoke alarms that "talk" to each other with no wiring required.

In addition, several smoke alarm models are available with special lithium batteries that last 10 years. Other new features include remote controlled muting and easy access battery compartments.

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