Daylight Saving Time ended Sunday and also marked the 26th anniversary of the Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery® Program, sponsored by Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
The Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery program reminds people to change and test the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
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 are missing or dead batteries.
“Eighty percent of child fire fatalities occur in homes without working smoke alarms. It’s a tragic statistic that could be reduced by adopting the simple habit of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program,” said Idyllwild Fire Chief Patrick Reitz. “I personally have had my life saved by a carbon monoxide detector activation in the middle of the night due to a malfunctioning woodstove.”