Remember to change batteries for daylight-saving time Nov. 7

Daylight-saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 7 and marks the 23rd anniversary of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program, created by Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), which reminds people to check and change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors during the fall time change.

This message is simple and the habit can be lifesaving. Forty percent of fatal fire injuries occur in homes without working smoke alarms, while 23 percent occur in homes in which at least one smoke alarm is present but fails to operate.

While encourageing others to do so, also consider using the extra hour you gain to create some positive changes in your community.

One positive change residents are encouraged to make is to use the extra hour “gained” to remind their friends, family and neighbors of the life-saving habit of changing and testing smoke alarm batteries. The simple reminder is one of the easiest, most-effective ways to reduce tragic home fire deaths and injuries.

More than 80 percent of local fire departments are staffed by volunteers. Try using your extra hour by volunteering to make a change in your community.


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