It's that time of year again! Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries!
By Deputy Chief Steven Basham
November 1, 2017

It's that time of year again! Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries™!

Every fall, King George County Department of Fire, Rescue & Emergency Services in conjunction with Energizer works to remind people of the simple, life-saving habit of changing and testing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting the clocks back for daylight saving time.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. This reinforces how important it is to take this time each year to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Energizer would like to remind you of the importance of batteries not only in smoke alarms, but also the full range of devices that help keep us safe, secure and comfortable in our homes.

Home safety and security has evolved beyond smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Many families rely on other home devices connected to the Internet or their smartphones, also known as the Internet of Things, to enhance safety and security. Energizer provides smart energy for smart devices with battery options across our portfolio that power these connected home devices.

King George County DFRES is committed to educating you about home safety. Partnering with retailers and fire stations across the country, we want to remind you to change your batteries in all of your connected home devices when you change your clocks back for Daylight Saving Time.

You can also use social media to help spread the word and remind friends and family to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, along with all of their connected home devices on November 5. Make sure to follow King George County DFRES and Energizer® on Facebook to get tips and information about home and fire safety.

Here's what you need to know!

Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.

-A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.
-Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
-Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
-Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
-There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use of both types of alarms in the home.
-When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
-Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.

Facts and figures about smoke alarms

-In 2009-2013, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (53%) of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
-Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%).
-No smoke alarms were present in almost two out of every five (38%) home fire deaths.
-The death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (1.18 deaths vs. 0.53 deaths per 100 fires).
-In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, almost half (46%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.
-Dead batteries caused one-quarter (24%) of the smoke alarm failures.

Please see the attachment from our friends at Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue for a quick and easy fire safety in the home program.

Sources: Energizer, NFPA

Attachment Change Your Clock - Change Your Battery- Seasonal Safety Tips - Public Safety Information.pdf  (134k)
Attachment escape_plan.pdf  (1,194k)
Attachment SmokeAlarms.pdf  (498k)
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