Daylight-savings time ends Sunday, November 6, and marks the 29th anniversary of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program, sponsored by Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. As the time change approaches, Greenville Firefighters want to remind residents to make another change that could save their lives – changing the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Greenville Firefighters are again offering to provide and install smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm batteries free of charge for any Greenville Borough resident.
Communities nationwide witness tragic home fire deaths each year, but everyone can work together to help reduce the number of home fire fatalities. Approximately every 3 hours a home fire death occurs somewhere in the nation and 66 percent of those occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Non-working smoke alarms rob residents of the protective benefits home fire safety devices were designed to provide. The most common cited cause of non-working smoke alarms: worn or missing batteries.
"Eighty percent of child fire fatalities occur in homes without smoke alarms. It's a tragic statistic that could be reduced by adopting a simple habit of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program", says Greenville Firefighters., "Changing smoke alarm batteries at least once 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. Additionally, smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years".
The Greenville Fire Department has joined forces with the National Association of Fire Chiefs for the 29th 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 each fall, this year on November 6.
“The peak time for home fatalities is between 11 p.m. and 7a.m. when most families are sleeping,” says Firefighters. “Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. Children and senior citizens are most at risk, and a working smoke alarm can give them extra seconds they need to get out safely.”
In addition, Greenville Firefighters recommends residents test their smoke alarms each month by pushing the test button, planning two ways out of their home and practicing these escape routes with the entire family. Families should also prepare a fire safety kit that includes working flashlights and fresh batteries.
The fire department also reminds Greenville home owners, landlords and tenants of that the fire code requires all residential buildings to have one working smoke alarm on each level of their home or apartment.
To show their support of the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” program, Greenville Firefighters are offering to assist any Borough resident who needs help changing their smoke detector batteries. Firefighters hope their annual allocation of batteries arrives soon at which time free smoke detector batteries will be offered by the department.
To have firefighters assist you in changing your smoke alarm batteries or get on the list for free batteries once they arrive contact the Bureau of Fire Prevention at 724-588-3111.