The Lombard Fire Department is reminding residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on November 3, when changing their clocks for daylight saving time, to help keep their families safe.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. This reinforces how important it is to take this time each year to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The Lombard Fire Department would like to remind you of the importance of batteries not only in smoke alarms, but also the full range of devices that help keep us safe, secure and comfortable in our homes.
- Change smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries at least once a year.
- Test your alarms to make sure they are in working order.
- Replace alarms and detectors every 10 years.
- Install alarms and detectors on every floor of your home, and close to bedrooms.
“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 Marshall Perry Johnson.
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