Nov 052011

Change Your Clock; Change Your Battery

Change Your Clock; Change Your Battery

Groton Fire Chief Joe Bosselait has issued a press release reminding people that Groton is participating in the national “Change Your Clock; Change Your Battery” program for smoke/carbon monoxide detector maintenance. His release says:

Just a week after Halloween, Sunday, November 6 marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. Change your clock, change your battery! When you turn the clocks back one hour, don”t forget to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. He issued a special message to Groton residents affected by the Halloween Nor’easter power outage because hours or days without power would kill most detector batteries.

Approximately every three hours a home fire death occurs somewhere in the nation and the majority occur in homes without working smoke alarms. The most commonly cited causes of non-working smoke alarms are worn or missing batteries. It is imperative that people are aware of the necessity of having working home fire safety devices, in order to protect their families from fire. Communities nationwide witness tragic home fire deaths each year, but there is something that can be done. The easy task of changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can mean the difference between life and death. Everyone can work together to help reduce the number of home fire deaths.

When you change the batteries on your home fire safety devices this year, inspect the alarms and check the date of manufacture. All electronic devices have a limited life span, so it is important that you replace your older smoke and carbon monoxide alarms with new ones to protect your family.

Smoke alarms need to be replaced every ten years. If your smoke alarm is ten years old or older, it is time to replace them! Carbon monoxide alarms need to be replaced every five or seven years, depending on the manufacturer. Check for a date of manufacture on the back of the device, or consult the manufacturer”s instructions for the recommended replacement date. If you can”t tell how old they are, it”s time to replace them.