It's that time of year again! Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries™!
Every fall, Energizer and Greenville Firefighters work to remind people of the simple, life-saving habit of changing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms when setting the clocks back for daylight saving time.
Three minutes. That’s how much time families have on average to get out of their homes after hearing a smoke alarm in the event of a fire. However, those life-saving minutes only occur when those alarms are fully powered and operational with fresh batteries. When you change your clocks back on Sunday November 3, it is also a good time to install fresh batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Energizer® and Greenville Firefighter’s are partnering once again, for the 32nd year to share this life-saving message through the Change Your Clock Change Your Batteries Program.
The smoke alarm remains among the most important battery-powered home devices. A recent study showed that 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. “This is of serious concern to us as firefighters and could be improved upon by residents adopting a simple habit of Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries every Fall near the daylight-saving time change. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half. Changing batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms will only take a few minutes and could save your life,” said Greenville Firefighters Local 1976 President Brian Albaugh.
“Greenville Firefighters offer to install free smoke alarms and batteries throughout the year for Greenville residents. There is absolutely no reason why every residence in Greenville should not be protected by working smoke alarms” he said.
Energizer has donated more than 125,000 batteries to fire departments nationwide each year. Over the past 32 years, Energizer has donated millions of batteries to local fire departments so they can help make sure more families have working smoke alarms.
Greenville Firefighters are offering, free of charge, to provide and install batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms for any Greenville Borough resident while supplies last. Residents can call the Bureau of Fire Prevention at 724-588-3111 for this service.