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Clocks not the only thing you'll need to change

Clocks not the only thing you'll need to change

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- We 'spring forward' an hour on Sunday. It's one of two times each year that you're reminded to change your smoke detector batteries.

"A good time to do that is at the beginning and the end of Daylight Savings Time," said Ohio State Fire Marshal's office spokesman Michael Duchesne.

Ohio hit a 27 year low for fire fatalities in 2013, but Duchesne says that doesn't mean there isn't more work to do to make sure people get the message that smoke detectors save lives.

"All too often firefighters are finding that smoke alarms are either not present or they're not functional," Duchesne said.

It's also important to make sure your smoke detectors are in the right place in your home. Duchesne says local fire departments are more than happy to come out and make sure smoke detectors are properly installed.

While you're doing that, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says it's also a good time to update your voter information.

"You can do that conveniently online at MyOhioVote.com," he said.

Husted says since they began offering the option about 150,000 people have updated their information online.

The deadline to update voter information is 30 days before an election. Husted says you can cast a provisional ballot if you forget.

 

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