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 14 years ago. The Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department wants to remind people how important it is to maintain working smoke detectors. This weekend, when you change your clocks back to Standard Time, remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Fire Safety Checklist
est and vacuum your smoke alarms once a month—dust and cobwebs can impair sensitivity.
Replace the batteries in your smoke alarm once a year, or as soon as the alarm "chirps" a warning that the battery is low HINT: Schedule battery replacements for the same day you change your clocks from daylight savings time to standard time in the fall.
Never "borrow" a battery from a smoke alarm. Smoke alarms can't warn you of fire if the batteries are missing or have been disconnected.
Don't disable smoke alarms even temporarily. If your smoke alarm is sounding "nuisance alarms", try relocating it farther from kitchens or bathrooms, where cooking fumes and steam can cause the alarm to sound.
Smoke alarms don't last forever. Replace yours according to the manufacturer's specifications, but at least every 10 years. If you can't remember how old the alarm is, then it's probably time for a new one.
Consider installing smoke alarms with "long-life" (10-year batteries).
Plan reguar fire drills to ensure that everyone knows exactly what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Hold a fire drill at night to make sure that sleeping family members awaken at the sound of the alarm. Some studies have shown that some children may not awaken to the sound of the smoke alarm. Know what your child will do before a fire occurs.
- Install a smoke alarm on each level of your home, including the basement and within each bedroom.