Firefighters urge public to check smoke detector batteries

BRISTOL, Va. - We checked with the Bristol, Virginia Fire Department and Captain Daryl Loudy says the day the time 'springs forward' is the perfect time to check your smoke detectors and replace the batteries.

Firefighters say this simple step is the first line of defense to keep your family safe if there's a fire. "Smoke detectors save lives; they decrease the amount of time it takes to be woken up by smoke or fire, before you get in trouble," said Captain Loudy.

We learned it's just as important to check your smoke detector's expiration date. Detectors needs to be replaced every 10 years.

Firefighters say the sensors become weaker as the units age. You can find the expiration date on the back or inside the cover.

Most smoke detectors cost between $5 and $20.

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