Fire Chief's Corner: Change your clocks, change your battery, save a life
This past Saturday, March 9, people from around the state should have moved their clocks forward in observance of daylight savings time. All fire departments from around the state are recommending that you replace the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
This minimal effort could mean the difference between life and death. Brainerd Fire has long advocated the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are one of the cheapest and most effective ways homeowners can provide year-round fire and life safety protection for themselves and their families.
Every year lives are lost in homes without smoke alarms or carbon monoxide alarms and those homes with non-functioning alarms. In a study conducted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly 96 percent of households report having at least one smoke alarm. Yet the US Fire Administration reports residential fires make up nearly 83 percent of all civilian fire deaths. Residents disconnected the alarms or do not replace the batteries.
This year, save a life. By now you have already changed your clocks forward; so change your batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
Fire officials also remind residents that smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years and when residents buy a new one, purchase one with a 10 year battery life. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms help save lives, but they are nothing without working batteries. Don’t become another statistic.
Over the years we at Brainerd Fire have responded to numerous carbon monoxide or smoke alarm calls. Some have been serious in nature. This fact alone is why we need to make sure and change out the batteries on a regular basis.
Most fire departments have detection devices to detect carbon monoxide. With any questions concerning smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, or any installation questions please feel free to call your local fire department or the Brainerd Fire Department at 218-828-2312, and as I always say, be safe out there.