Dear Abby: Fall is here and as we prepare for a change in the weather, it’s also the time we turn our clocks back an hour from daylight saving time. Something that everyone also needs to change could save their lives. That “something” is the battery inside household devices that many take for granted – smoke alarms, smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors.
In the U.S., three out of five home fire deaths are caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or WORKING smoke alarms. As a firefighter, I have seen these tragedies firsthand and believe it is my duty to make sure we lower this number. My mission is for no battery to go unchecked.
For the 29th consecutive year, Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) are partnering to educate the public about fire safety by reminding consumers of the importance of checking and changing the batteries not only in smoke alarms, but also every device that helps keep us safe and relaxed in our homes.
Think about your smart thermostats, flashlights, home security systems and other critical devices. Many of them have a battery component that must be checked and changed in order to ensure home safety.
I cannot stress enough the importance of setting aside the few minutes it takes to ensure these devices are working. The IAFC also recommends REPLACING smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors every 10 years. Use the end of daylight saving time as a reminder to prioritize the safety of your home. This simple task protects your home and the people you cherish the most. – Fire Chief John D. Sinclair, IAFC President and Chairman of the Board
Dear Chief Sinclair: Thank you for the “timely” reminder to my readers. I urge all of them to learn more about the Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries program by visiting energizer.com/homesafety.
And buy your replacement batteries now, so you can install them on Nov. 6 when you turn your clocks back.
Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.