Calfire reminds residents to turn clocks forward, check smoke alarms |

Calfire reminds residents to turn clocks forward, check smoke alarms

As Californians turn their clocks forward this weekend in observance of daylight-saving time, Calfire reminds residents to replace batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms as well.

According to a press release from Calfire, several fatalities have occurred in California this year – deaths that may have been prevented with working smoke alarms.

“CAL FIRE has long advocated the ‘Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery’ campaign,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE, in the release. “A smoke alarm is one of the cheapest and most effective ways homeowners can provide year round fire protection for themselves and their families.”

Every year lives are lost in homes without smoke detectors or those homes with a non-functioning smoke detector. In a study conducted by the National Fire Prevention Association, nearly 96 percent of households report having at least one fire alarm, Calfire stated. Yet the U.S. Fire Administration reports residential fires make up nearly 83 percent of all civilian fire deaths. The culprit is generally a disconnected or dead battery. According to Calfire, smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years and when residents buy a new one, purchase an alarm with 10-year batteries.

“Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms unquestionably help save lives, but they are nothing without working batteries inside of them,” said Chief Tonya Hoover, California’s state fire marshal, stated in the release. “Just a few minutes twice a year to change that battery can truly mean the difference between life and death.”

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