Experts say you should you check your smoke alarm when we go in and out of Daylight Saving Time. This year, we spring forward on March 11 so it's the perfect time to check your smoke alarm or get a free new one from the El Paso Fire Department.

EPFD says you need a smoke alarm on every level of your home and inside bed rooms. You should test your fire alarm monthly, and batteries should be replaced yearly, or whenever you hear that annoying low-battery warning that sounds like an electronic chirp.

It's also a good idea to have a fire drill with your family, especially children. Make sure everyone in your home knows what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. If you have a smoke alarm that is older than 10 years old, it should be replaced.

You can get free smoke detectors by calling 3-1-1, go to, or contact them through their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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