Your local fire departments want to remind everyone, when they change their clock on Sunday, to make a change that could save their lives — change the batteries smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Approximately 80 percent of all fire deaths occur in the home. The majority of these deaths occurred at night when people were asleep and in most cases in homes without working smoke alarms due to dead, missing or disconnected batteries.
Having a smoke alarm on every level of the home, outside of sleeping rooms and in each bedroom, can reduce your risk of dying in a fire by providing early warning and critical seconds to escape – but only if they work.
The Change Your Clock Change Your Battery campaign urges all Americans to adopt a simple, lifesaving habit: changing smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries when changing clocks back to standard time each fall, this year on Sunday. Don’t wait for the low battery alarm to go off before changing the battery. Most people are not prepared to replace the battery when the low battery alarm sounds and will disconnect it — leaving them and their family needlessly unprotected.
In addition to changing batteries, here are some tips to reduce your chances of being a fire victim:
• Replace smoke alarms (both battery and hard wired) every 10 years.
• Test smoke alarms monthly.
• Make sure alarms can be recognized and heard throughout the home.
• Have an escape plan.
For more information about fire safety, contact the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District at 530-273-3158 or visit nccfire.com.