Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries
updated: Nov 02, 2013, 11:00 AM
Source: Santa Barbara County Fire Department
As the time change approaches on November 3rd, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds
residents to make another change that could save their lives - changing the batteries in their smoke
alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Non-working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors rob residents of the protective benefits
home fire safety devices were designed to provide. The most commonly cited cause of non-working
alarms is worn or missing batteries.
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 back to standard time each fall, this year on November 3rd.
The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping.
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.
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