Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries
updated: Mar 07, 2013, 2:20 PM
Source: Santa Barbara Fire Department
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
As daylight savings time approaches on March 10th, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department wants to
remind residents to make another change that could save their lives - changing the batteries in their
smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
To save lives and prevent needless injuries, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department
has joined the "Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery" campaign. The program
urges all Americans to adopt a simple, lifesaving habit: changing smoke alarm and
carbon monoxide detector batteries when changing clocks to daylight savings time.
The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families
are sleeping. Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire
deaths. A working smoke alarm can give your family the extra seconds you need to get
out of a home fire safely.
In addition, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department recommends residents use the
"extra" hour they save from the time change to test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide
detectors by pushing the test button, planning "two ways out" and practicing escape
routes with the entire family. Families should also prepare a fire safety kit that includes
working flashlights and fresh batteries.
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