Saturday, October 31, 2020

Southlake Fire Department has joined the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign

As the November 1st time change approaches, the Fire Department wants to remind residents to make another change that could save their lives — the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Non-working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors do not offer residents the protective benefits that these fire safety devices were designed to provide. The most commonly cited cause of non-working alarms is worn or missing batteries.

Smoke alarms by the numbers – National Fire Protection Association

  • The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping.
  • In 2007-2011, smoke alarms sounded in half 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 or no working smoke alarms.
  • No smoke alarms were present in more than one-third (37%) of the home fire deaths.

To save lives and prevent needless injuries, the Fire Department has joined the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign. The program urges everyone to adopt a simple, lifesaving habit: changing smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries when changing clocks back to standard time each fall.

Smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. These alarms can give your family the extra seconds you need to get out of a home fire safely.

If you need additional information please contact Renni Burt at 817-748-8349 or visit the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery site at bit.ly/1O9XjXK.