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Smoke Detectors Can Save Lives
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on July 01, 2013 @ 7:14PM
Created on July 01, 2013 @ 6:32PM

Fire officials told 5 News that fires like these can be prevented, and more importantly lives can be saved, if you have a working smoke alarm in your house.

Firefighters said if you're woken up by smoke, it's probably too late. The fire that happened in Clarksburg last week is a good example, when the people inside smelled the smoke they had no way of getting out. The simple solution is to have a smoke alarm that has fresh batteries. It won't do you any good if it doesn't work, so test it at least once a year and replace it every five years.

"They alert or go off at a very small amount of smoke. So in other words, it warns you early that there is a fire or something going on which five you time to get out," said Chief Rick Scott, Clarksburg Fire Department.

Chief Scott said working carbon monoxide detectors are important to have in your house too. Both aren't expensive and could save


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