Oxendine advises people to change smoke alarm batteries

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John W. Oxendine is urging Georgians to change the batteries in their smoke alarms.

"Last year in Georgia there were 23 fire fatalities in homes that didn't have smoke alarms or where the alarms didn't function," he said. "If you have a smoke alarm, make sure it is working order. Changing the battery at least once every year and cleaning dust from the device are easy ways to ensure continued protection of your family and property."

Oxendine also recommended changing batteries in carbon monoxide detectors, flashlights and weather radios.