|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.
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.
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