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It's time to set our clocks back, but don't forget these additional recommendations

Andrik Langfield

Emergency personnel and safety experts say it could save your life

This weekend marks the end of Daylight Saving Time - but first responders are hoping you'll use the occasion to take some steps toward safety.

The State Fire Marshal's Office recommends checking batteries and expiration dates, as well as testing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors as the time changes each spring and fall.

Experts say many Americans don't realize smoke alarms and CO detectors have expiration dates - they can be found on the units themselves, or you can google serial numbers or manufacturers online.

Statistics show fire deaths are more likely in homes that don't have working smoke alarms and CO detectors. A 2017 Illinois law requires ten-year, sealed smoke alarms be installed in all homes built before 1988, or that don't have hardwired smoke detectors.

You can get more tips and information at the State Fire Marshal's website.

Illinois State Fire Marshal

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