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WILKES-BARRE — It’s that time of the year ahead — clocks are set to move forward to “spring ahead.”

Wilkes-Barre Fire Department Chief Jay Delaney is encouraging residents to change those 9-volt batteries in smoke alarms. He is also encouraging citizens to be safe with those batteries.

Delaney provided a safety list for dealing with 9-volt batteries. Some potentially problematic aspects of the batteries include:

• If a metal object touches both the positive and negative posts of a 9-volt battery, it can cause a short circuit and potentially a fire.

• Weak batteries may have enough charge to cause a fire if they are thrown away with other metal items.

Nine-volt batteries should be stored in their original packaging until use. If they are loose, the masks should be covered with original packaging or electrical tape. They should not be stored with other batteries, and should be stored where they can stand up and will not be tossed around.

When disposed, 9-volt batteries should be taken to collection site for household hazardous waste. The posts of disposed batteries should be covered as a precaution.

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