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  • 'Fall back:' Turn your clock back Sunday

  • Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 3, and area fire departments suggest that people check smoke alarms when they turn clocks back one hour.
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  • Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 3, and area fire departments suggest that people check smoke alarms when they turn clocks back one hour.
    Smoke alarms are either hardwired into a home's electrical system or powered by a battery. Hardwired smoke alarms usually have a backup battery to keep the alarm functioning if there is a power failure. All batteries should be maintained and replaced in accordance with manufacturer's guidance, Medford Fire-Rescue said in a news release.
    According to the United States Fire Administration, each year in the United States about 2,500 people die in home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms present. Properly placed and maintained smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a home fire by 50 percent, fire officials report.
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