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As you spring forward to Daylight Saving Time and set your clocks ahead one hour State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer urgers Michiganders to be sure to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years, test them monthly and clean them regularly. In 2017, Michigan’s fire departments collectively reported 87 residential fire fatalities with the highest percentage for those over age 60. Homes should have a working smoke alarm on every level of the house, including the basement, and one in every bedroom. Never borrow a battery from a smoke alarm to use somewhere else. Never remove the battery because the alarm sounded due to burned food or cooking smoke. Sehlmeyer. also stated, “Every year we see tragedy hit because a battery was removed for these reasons and was not replaced,”