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CHANGE YOUR CLOCK –
 CHANGE YOUR BATTERY

 

By

John Beatty

Maine Fire Training and Education

Fire ands Life Safety Message

 

On an average of three children per day – approximately 1,100 children under the age of 15 – die each year in house fires.  Ninety- Five percent of fire deaths involving children occur in homes without smoke detectors.  Sadly, many of these tragic deaths could be avoided with working smoke detectors.

 

You can help protect your family by changing your batteries when you change the time on your clocks this spring.

 

Most homes have smoke detectors, but nearly one-third of all battery-powered detectors do not work because of worn or missing batteries.  The fact is, working smoke detectors cut the risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half.

 

Maine had 22 fire deaths in 2003.  In 8 of those instances there were no working smoke detectors present and in another 8 instances it was unknown if the smoke detectors operated. In many cases, a working smoke detector will make a difference between life and death.

 

On October 31, 2004, when you turn your clocks forward, take an extra minute to install fresh batteries in your smoke alarms.  Then, push the button to make sure they are working properly.

 

We recommend that families have and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out every room, two ways out of the house, and a meeting place for the family to gather once outside the house. Remember always call the fire department from outside the house. If your smoke detector is not battery operated you should still check it once a month to see if it is working.

 

Remember, smoke detectors are a family’s best defense against fire.  Keep them in top working condition with an annual battery change.