The is joining with nearly 6,000 fire departments nationwide in promoting the annual Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign on Sunday, Nov. 6.
Fire Lt. Denny Hughes encourages all residents to adopt the simple, life-saving habit of changing smoke alarm batteries when they change their clocks back from daylight savings time to standard time. “It’s an easy, inexpensive, and proven way to protect your family and your home,” Hughes said.
Since 1987, the International Association of Fire Chiefs has joined forces with Energizer batteries to spread the message that non-working smoke alarms are responsible for needless home fire deaths and injuries. Now, 24 years later, thanks to the Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign, home fire deaths continue to decline.
Although 95 percent of American homes do have smoke alarms, 20 percent have worn or missing batteries, which puts nearly 19 million homes 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 provide the critical extra seconds needed to get people out safely.
“The Farmington Hills Fire Department has a free smoke detector installation program,” Hughes said. “We’ve installed hundreds of smoke alarms over the past 20 years and will continue to do so until everyone who needs them has them.”
For information about the free smoke detector installation program, call 248-871-2800.
--City of Farmington Hills press release