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Holcomb requests $5M more for school safety

Governor Eric Holcomb has asked Indiana lawmakers to authorize $5 million more for school safety spending before they adjourn for the 2018 legislative session.

The governor sent a letter to Republican and Democrat House and Senate leaders with the request and outlined other steps his administration will lead over the next several months to improve school safety.

Daylight savings: Check the smoke alarms

Daylight saving time will begin Sunday, March 11, at 2 a.m. Indiana residents are encouraged to include changing their smoke alarm batteries when changing their clocks forward an hour.

“Hoosiers continue to be impacted by fire deaths, I want to remind Hoosiers that checking your smoke alarms once a month and changing your batteries twice a year can be the extra protection to help keep your families safe” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms, and the chance of surviving a household fire is doubled in homes with working smoke alarms. Dead batteries cause one-quarter of the smoke alarm failures.

Remember to check the smoke alarm device date in addition to checking the batteries. Here are four simple steps to follow:

· Remove the smoke alarm from the wall or ceiling.

· Look at the back of the alarm for the date of the manufacture.

· If the manufacture date is more than 10 years old, replace the device. Over time, sensors lose the ability to detect smoke.

· If the alarm is less than 10 years old, change the batteries and return the alarm to its location. If your smoke alarms have lithium batteries, which typically last for 10 years, set a reminder to check the smoke alarm once a month.

The NFPA also advises checking the smoke alarm placement. Smoke alarms should be placed inside and outside each bedroom or sleeping area; half of home fire deaths occur during sleeping hours and the early morning. Gases emitted during a fire can cause residents to sleep more deeply.