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Editorial: Fire safety starts at home

With the approaching switch off of daylight savings time, we would advise readers to adopt the practice of testing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when they reset their clocks — and sticking to this routine in the future.

And if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, a friendly reminder: It’s the law. “Amanda’s Law” went into effect last year, and requires every residential property to have one installed. That includes apartments and other multi-family housing.

One final statistic from the NFPA: Less than one-quarter of American families have an escape plan ready and practiced. Especially for families with youngsters, this simple preparation could be a true life saver.

So this Fire Prevention Week, take just a few minutes and sit down with your family to take stock of just where you stand on fire preparedness. A few moments and a few dollars now could save much more if disaster strikes.

Fire departments all over the area are recognizing the week with various events, as well. Check with your local fire department to see if there’s anything happening in your area.

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