CES Fire Marshall Gary Hale reminds you to change your smoke detector batteries when you change your clocks autumn and spring.
By now everyone in Alaska has changed their clocks to Daylight Savings Time, but CES Fire Marshall Gary Hale, wants to double check that everyone also remembered to change their smoke alarm batteries. “Central Emergency Services reminds residents to make another change that could save their lives by changing the batteries in their smoke alarms when they change their clock, and if you forgot, it’s still not too late,” says Hale. According to studies 96% of American homes have smoke alarms, 23% don’t work due to worn or missing batteries. “Non-working smoke alarms deny residents the protective benefits home fire safety devices were designed to provide. The most commonly cited cause of non-working smoke alarms: worn or missing batteries. Currently in 2006, Alaska has had 13 fire fatalities, of which, 82 % did not have working smoke detectors or no smoke detector at all. Changing smoke alarm batteries twice a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries. In fact, working smoke alarms nearly cut in half the risk of dying in a home fire,” said Hale.
To save lives and prevent needless injuries on the Kenai Peninsula, Central Emergency Services, along with more than 5,400 fire departments nation wide, have joined forces with the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Energizer brand batteries for the 19th year of the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign. The program urges all Americans to adopt a simple, lifesaving habit: changing smoke alarm batteries when changing clocks back to standard time. For low income families Hale reminds everyone that there may be help available, “Most of the Departments here on the Peninsula have smoke detector give a way programs and I urge anyone who needs assistance to contact their local fire department and see what is available at CES not only do we give out free smoke detectors, but we will install them and be sure it is done properly for your safety,” said Hale.
In addition CES recommends that residents this time of year check their heating systems, install carbon monoxide detectors, and develop an escape plan and practice the escape routes with the entire family. For more information about fire safety call CES at 262-4749.
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