It’s time to change clocks, and smoke-detector batteries
Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 3, and marks the 26th year of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program, sponsored by Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The Change Your Clock Change Your Battery Program reminds people to change and test the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The message is simple and the habit can be lifesaving, organizers said.
Changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, testing those alarms and reminding others to do the same are some of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries, they noted.
“The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most families are sleeping,” said Michael Lowe, a senior instructor at the Delaware State Fire School. “Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. Children and senior citizens are most at risk, and a working smoke alarm can give them the extra seconds they need to get out safely.”
Home fires injure and kill thousands each year. Those most at risk include:
• Children — Home fires kill 500 children 14 or younger each year. Roughly three?quarters of child fire fatalities younger than 15 occurred in homes without working smoke alarms.
• Seniors — Adults 75 or older are 2.8 times more likely to die in a home fire.
• Low?income households — Many low?income families are unable to afford batteries for their smoke alarms. The same households often rely on poorly installed, maintained or misused portable or area heating equipment.
More than 25 years ago, Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs recognized a trend that many home fire fatalities were taking place in homes without working smoke alarms. So through the years, the two have worked together along with thousands of fire departments nationwide to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries.