Fire officials are urging residents to perform an important safety check as they turn their clocks back this weekend.  Warrensburg Fire and Emergency Prevention Officer Jeremy Van Wey said more than a third of all fatal fires happen in homes without working smoke alarms.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott talk with Van Wey:

Jeremy Van Wey

Along with changing batteries, Van Wey said testing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can save lives.  “The time change is a good reminder to change your clocks and change your batteries.  We can’t reiterate enough the importance of having working smoke alarms.  More than 80% of fire deaths each year happen in residential settings.  Having working smoke alarms and an exit plan are both vitally important.”  Van Wey added that, at most, smoke alarms should be placed in each sleeping area.

Daylight saving time takes effect at 2 a.m. Sunday.