The is joining fire departments all across America in the annual “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign.
This simple program is designed to save lives by encouraging people to change their smoke alarm battery when they change their clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 11.
Farmington Hills Fire Lt. Denny Hughes is encouraging all residents to adopt this simple, life-saving habit of changing the batteries in their smoke alarms. “It’s a simple, and inexpensive way to protect your family and home," he said.
Since 1987, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and Energizer batteries have joined forces to raise awareness about the issue that non-working smoke alarms are often responsible for the increasing number of home fire deaths and injuries.
Now, thanks to the participation of residents all across America, and the dedication of more than 6,000 fire departments, home fire deaths continue to be on the decline and millions of families nationwide are hearing the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” message.
Although smoke alarms are present in 95 percent of American homes, 20 percent do not work due to worn or missing batteries – this means nearly 19 million home are at needless risk. The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., when most families are sleeping. A working smoke alarm can often provide critical extra seconds people need to get out safely.
This weekend would also be a great time to check on purchasing a carbon monoxide alarm as well, and to establish and escape plan. Would you know what to do, or where to go if there was a fire in your home? Are your bedroom doors closed at night? If the answer is no, it’s time to sit down with everyone in the family, and develop a plan.
“The Farmington Hills Fire Department has a free smoke detector installation program," Hughes said. "We’ve installed hundreds of smoke alarms over the past 25 years, and will continue to do so until everyone who needs them has them."
For additional information about the program, contact Hughes at Farmington Hills Fire Headquarters, 248-871-2800, or e-mail him at: DHughes@fhgov.com.