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St. Louis firefighters update, install smoke detectors during daylight savings

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Firefighters replaced smoke detectors in St. Louis homes during Daylight Savings (Credit: KMOV) Firefighters replaced smoke detectors in St. Louis homes during Daylight Savings (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

"Change your clocks" and "change your batteries" are two sayings that have nothing in common, but they both team up every daylight savings. The St. Louis Fire Department uses the day every one changes their clocks, to remember to also check their batteries on their smoke alarms. 

On Sunday, firefighters went door to door throughout the city helping homeowners.

"If you have existing smoke alarms, we'll check them, if you do not or have an older smoke alarm, because they are not supposed to be more than 10 years old, we'll replace them. If you need a carbon monoxide alarm, we'll install one of those," said Capt. Garon Mosby with the St. Louis Fire Department.

This is the 3rd year the fire department has put on this effort through a partnership with the American Red Cross. They do it twice a year on every daylight savings day. 

In the last three years, they've installed over 6,000 smoke detectors in St. Louis homes and saved 9 lives.

"From previous installs, individuals safely escaped their homes and were outside when the fire department arrived," said Mosby, "We could have different endings to those stories if you do not have a working smoke alarm."

Homeowners are not only appreciative of the reminders, but also the hands on, in-person assistance free of charge.

 "I'm just so grateful for them to come in because I'm a single woman and I did not know that I'm supposed to change my smoke detector, so I'm just grateful for them to come in, just awesome," said Angela Johnson, a homeowner who had two smoke detectors installed and a carbon monoxide alarm. 

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