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It’s Time to Change Smoke Detector Batteries!

Lincoln, October 31, 2004. As the fall time change approaches, Lincoln Fire & Rescue wants to remind residents to make another change that could save their lives - changing the batteries in their smoke detectors.

Although 92% of American homes have smoke alarms, non-working smoke alarms are so common that they are robbing residents of the protective benefits these critical home fire safety devices were designed to provide. The most commonly cited cause of non-working smoke detectors are worn or missing batteries.

Changing smoke detector batteries once a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries. In fact, a working smoke alarm nearly cuts the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

To save lives and prevent needless injuries in Lincoln, Lincoln Fire & Rescue has joined forces with the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Energizer brand batteries for the 15th Anniversary of the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Batter” campaign. The program urges all Americans to adopt a simple, lifesaving habit; changing smoke detector batteries when changing clocks back to standard time each fall.

“A working smoke detector provides an early warning and crucial extra seconds to escape,” said Chief Spadt. “This is particularly important for those most at risk of dying in a home fire, such as children and seniors.”

Tragically, fire can kill selectively. Those most at risk include:

In addition, Chief Spadt recommends residents use the “extra” hour they save from the time change to test the smoke alarm by pushing the test button, planning “two ways out,” and practicing those escape routes with the entire family.

Make Tuesday Test Day Plan 2 Ways Out


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