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Vandenberg FD reminds people to replace fire detectors during fall back to standard time

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- On Nov. 6, daylight savings time will come to an end.

The Vandenberg Fire Department reminds everyone that at the beginning and end of daylight saving time, people should replace the batteries in their smoke detectors.

"This is also a prime time to install smoke detectors in your homes if you do not have them," said Scott Balatgek, a Vandenberg Fire inspector.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends installing smoke detectors in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. It is also recommended that all smoke detectors be interconnected so that when one alarm sounds, they all sound.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, "roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fire in houses with no smoke alarms or without working smoke detectors. Out of that percentage, 38 percent of all home fire deaths resulted in homes without a single smoke detector. Another 24 percent of all home fire deaths resulted in homes that had smoke detectors but they did not work."

"Please take a few minutes to change the batteries in all your smoke detectors and install new detectors if you do not have them," said Balatgek.

For more information about smoke detectors or how to install them, call the Vandenberg Fire Prevention Office at 606-4680.