Change Your Clock – Change Your Smoke Detector Battery

untitledThe Interior Fire Chiefs Association and the State Fire Marshal along with your local fire department are joining forces in reminding you this Sunday, March 9th, when you “spring forward” and change your clock one hour ahead; change your smoke detector batteries. This simple step can save lives.

Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery has been recognized as America’s most effective fire safety campaign, helping families keep safe should fire strike.

Working smoke alarms double a family’s chances of surviving a home fire. That’s why Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs started the Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery program over 27 years ago. The program reminds people how important it is to maintain working smoke detectors. Each fall when you change your clocks back to Standard Time, remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Fire Safety Checklist
• Install a smoke alarm on each level of your home, including the basement. Consult your fire department for proper installation locations.
• Test and vacuum your smoke alarms once a month dust and cobwebs can impair sensitivity.
• Change the batteries in your smoke alarms once a year.
• Install CO (carbon monoxide) detectors in the sleeping area.
• Check flashlight batteries. Always keep a working flashlight near your bed, in the kitchen, basement, and family room in the event of a fire, use a flashlight to signal for help.
• Install fire extinguishers. Be sure to install a fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen and know how to use it. The International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends a multi- or all-purpose fire extinguisher that’s listed by an accredited testing laboratory.
• Make sure your children know and understand fire safety. Children are at double the risk of dying in a home fire, because they often become scared and confused during fires. Show your children where smoke alarms are located. Make sure they recognize the smoke alarm’s sound and understand that a sounding smoke alarm signals a home fire
• Plan and practice your escape routes. Identify at least two different escape routes and practice them with the entire family.

If anyone needs assistance in checking or installing your smoke alarm, please contact your local fire department for help. Also your local fire departments have FREE smoke alarms available and will come out and install.

FROM: Ernie Misewicz, Assistant Fire Chief
DATE: March 7, 2014
Fairbanks Fire Department
(907) 450-6615 590-3717 (cell)