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Time to check your detectors


Quincy, IL (WGEM)-- As we set our clocks back an hour this weekend it's also time to check the batteries in your smoke detector.

But Quincy firefighters says you should also check the age of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they're in working condition. Firefighters say the sensors will degrade and lose effectiveness over time.

"Once a month we suggest you check these detectors and it's as easy as pushing the little red button or clear button on the detectors each detector. Each detector is different but you'll find a test button, hold it down till it beeps, if it beeps your detector's working," said Jerry Mast, a Quincy firefighter.

It's recommended you replace your smoke detectors and your carbon monoxide detectors every five to ten years.

"I have a carbon monoxide detector here and it says seven years so once again five to ten years is the recommendation that we give out but look on the back of the seal of the detector to see what the manufacture suggests," said Mast.

Jerry Mast says we need to replace our detectors after a few years because dust can build up on the sensors and you'll start to get false alarms.

Most smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will have a date on the back that shows when they should be replaced. If there isn't, you can go by the date it was manufactured which is also on the back.

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