(Victor Valley) – Daylight-saving time ends this Sunday, November 6th, and marks the 24th anniversary of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program, which reminds us to change and test the batteries in our smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This message is simple and the habit can be lifesaving. San Bernardino County Fire reminds residents that one easy step can help save their lives and the lives of those around them. Everyone is encouraged to use the extra hour they “gain” from daylight-saving time to change the batteries in their own smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, test the alarms and remind friends, family, neighbors and fellow community members to do the same.
Non-working smoke alarms rob residents of 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. “Eighty percent of child fire fatalities occur in homes without working smoke alarms. It’s a tragic statistic that could be reduced by adopting the simple habit of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program,” says Fire Chief Mark Hartwig. Changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, testing those alarms and reminding others to do the same are some of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries.
Why This Program is Lifesaving
“The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most families are sleeping,” stated Chief Hartwig. “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 the extra seconds they need to get out safely.”
The fire department urges residents to use the “extra” hour this weekend to test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and also to plan and practice escape routes. Families should also prepare a fire safety kit that includes working flashlights and fresh batteries.
A working smoke detector doubles your chance of surviving a home fire. For more information about fire safety, call the San Bernardino County Fire Department at 909-386-8472 or visit their website at www.sbcfire.org.