Program encourages families to keep smoke detectors working.
MILTON, GA, Oct. 28, 2010 - On Sunday, Nov. 7, Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs are teaming up for the "Change Your Clock Change Your Battery®" program to remind families of a simple task that could make the difference in surviving a home fire.
Studies have shown that having a working smoke alarm doubles a family's chances of escaping a home fire. This 23-year-old campaign encourages families to take action by changing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors during the switch to Standard Time. It now incorporates more than 6,200 fire departments nationwide
In the unfortunate event of a fire, a working smoke detector can add precious minutes for families to escape from a burning home and call 911, said Matt Marietta, Milton's Fire Marshal.
"Reducing the likelihood of fire injuries or death in the home can be as simple as maintaining your smoke detector," said Marietta. "This year, when you turn back your clocks an hour, set yourself a reminder to use this opportunity to change the battery in your smoke detector and then push the test button."