Firefighters encourage changing smoke detector batteries along with daylight savings time

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WHITESTOWN, Ind. - Local firefighters are urging families in central Indiana to change the batteries in their smoke detectors while they are going around changing the time on their clocks this weekend.

“Going with the time changes is a good time to change your batteries in your smoke detector because it’s done twice a year," Whitestown Firefighter Martin Yohler said. "It’s an easy way to remember. It makes sure those batteries are going to stay fresh and keep your smoke detector in good working condition.”

Earlier this year, Yohler responded to a fire where he said working smoke detectors may have saved two children.

“The homeowners did not have a lot of time to get out and again thanks to the working smoke detectors they were alerted early and got out really in the nick of time," Yohler said.

The fire was at the home of Cassy Pullen and her family. Pullen, her husband and her oldest daughter had all already left the house Saturday, January 9, but two of her children were still asleep in their rooms.

A small electrical fire started in the family's office and quickly spread throughout the house. The two children woke up to the sound of the smoke detector.

“The fact that I still have my family is probably the biggest thing I was grateful for," Pullen said.

She said she hopes her story encourages others actually take the action and change their batteries this weekend.

“Don’t just blow it off. It’s always it’ll never happen to me. Oh that happens to everyone else," she said. "No. Check them. I cannot express how important that was for me and my family knowing that my kids were here by themselves.”

Firefighters say in addition to changing the batteries in your smoke alarm twice a year, families should also check to make sure the detectors are working monthly.

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