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Change Your Clock Change Your Battery

From the office of Chief Pristera   2007-10-29

As the time change approaches on Sunday, October 29, the Ashtabula Fire Department wants to remind residents to make another change that could save their lives — changing the batteries in their smoke alarms.

Communities nationwide witness tragic home fire deaths each year. An average of three children per day die in home fires and 80 percent of those occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Non-working smoke alarms rob residents of the protective benefits home fire safety devices were designed to provide. The most commonly cited cause of non-working smoke alarms: worn or missing batteries.

Changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries. In fact, working smoke alarms nearly cut in half the risk of dying in a home fire. Additionally, the International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends replacing your smoke alarms every ten years.

To save lives and prevent needless injuries in our community, the Ashtabula Fire Department has joined forces with Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs for the 19th year of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® campaign. The program urges all Americans to adopt a simple, lifesaving habit: changing smoke alarm batteries when changing clocks back to standard time each fall, this year on October 29.

In support of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® campaign, during the week of Oct 23-27 the Ashtabula Fire Department will, while supplies last;
  • Exchange your old smoke detector battery for a new one.
  • Exchange your old smoke detector for a new one.
  • Provide new smoke detectors for family residences.
To participate in this program, bring your old battery(ies) and detector(s) to the Ashtabula Fire Department, 4326 Main Ave between the hours of 0830am and 400pm.

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