It is time once again to “fall back” – to end Daylight Savings Time and return to standard time. Likewise, it’s a perfect time to remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms. It’s all about your safety.
We encourage you to get into the habit of changing all your smoke alarm batteries each fall and spring at the end and the beginning of Daylight Savings Time to keep your family safe, protect your home from fire and smoke damage.
The value of having reliable smoke alarms in our home is well known. However, having smoke alarms is not enough. A good fire safety plan demands that the smoke alarms are actually working. Adopting the habit of quickly checking your smoke detectors each month will ensure that they are working properly, and changing the batteries at least once a year will ensure that their batteries are fresh and strong.
When a fire breaks out, you have about 2 minutes to get out of the building before the smoke and toxins in the air can incapacitate you. Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters, the vast majority of which are home fires.
On average in the U.S.:
- 7 people die every day from a home fire, most impacting children and the elderly
- 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
- Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year