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Firefighters demonstrate what happens if you don't have working smoke detectors

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St. Louis firefighters demonstrated Thursday what happens when a home doesn't have working smoke detectors. Credit: KMOV St. Louis firefighters demonstrated Thursday what happens when a home doesn't have working smoke detectors. Credit: KMOV

The St. Louis Fire Department gave a demonstration Thursday about how fast flames and smoke can get out of control, all while reminding everyone to change the batteries in their some detectors while turning their clocks back. 

Captain Garon Mosby made sure everyone witnessing the demonstration was safe.

“If at any point you are uncomfortable, I need you to say ‘stop stop stop stop," said Mosby. 

Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said products in the home are usually man-made and the materials can catch fire quickly.  He said it’s vital to make sure you change your battery in your smoke detector.

“We lost an infant last week in a fire. The St. Louis Fire Department does not like to lose. I'm asking everyone to talk to your neighbor.  Talk to your children, your parents. Check these smoke detectors,” said Jenkerson.

The department is even going as far as offering free smoke detectors to people who are hearing impaired.  They said there's no excuse for a home not to have a working smoke detector.

“If you need a new one call us and we will put it in for free,” said Jenkerson.

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