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Spring forward, reach for your smoke detector

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For those who can't afford a smoke detector, dial 311 MetroCall and a fire company will set up a visit and take care of it for you. For those who can't afford a smoke detector, dial 311 MetroCall and a fire company will set up a visit and take care of it for you.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors double a family's chance of surviving a fire or unsafe environment.

As residents set their clocks ahead one hour, Louisville Fire is reminding everyone to test their detectors.

"It's a bit of an annoying noise. We want it to be. We want it to wake you up in the middle of the night," Captain Salvador Melendez said.

Remember to avoid installing smoke detectors in kitchens in case dinner is cooked a little too long. Bathrooms and right outside the door is bad a idea because steam vapor could trigger a false alarm. And make sure there's at least one per floor.

"Anywhere there's a sleeping area you want to have at least one working smoke detector. If you can afford to have one per room, that would be even better," Captain Melendez said.

For those who can't afford a smoke detector, dial 311 MetroCall and a fire company will set up a visit and take care of it for you.

Renters should check theirs as well but shouldn't have to pay for it.

"Make sure the property owner does so - it is their responsibility to provide you with a working smoke detector," Captain Melendez said.

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