This weekend, households across the country will take the time to change their clocks by setting them an hour back. At the same time, take the important step to also change the batteries on smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your house. Testing and changing the batteries on these devices is a simple, life-saving habit that could make all the difference when trying to escape safely during a fire. To help give more families those critical seconds, Energizer is donating a quarter of a million batteries this fall to fire departments across the country to distribute to families in their communities.
For 27 years, Energizer® has partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to keep families safe through the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program (CYCCYB). Energizer® and the IAFC work tirelessly to remind people of the simple, life-saving habit of changing and testing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting the clocks back for daylight saving time.
Home fires take the lives of more than 2,500 people each year in the United States alone. On average, seven people are killed in home fires every day. But an absence of smoke alarms in homes isn’t the problem. Most homes have smoke alarms now but a lot of them don’t have fresh batteries. 71 percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries, and according to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five fatal fire injuries take place in homes without working smoke alarms. Yikes – so scary. I admit to disconnecting my smoke alarm if it goes off while I’m cooking, something that is definitely not safe and I shouldn’t do.
Home Fire Safety Plan
Energizer research has revealed that more than 70 percent of individuals think their family would have enough time to evacuate in the event of a fire, and 30 percent say they or their family can detect a fire. The reality is home fires don’t give families much time to escape and are not always easy to detect. In fact, while only 20 percent of reported home fires occurred between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., overnight fires caused half of all home fire deaths.
It’s scary but until this month, we didn’t have a plan if there was a fire in our house. Luckily, my son learned a lot at school in honor of it being National Fire Prevention Month and we now have a plan in place. The NFPA is a great resource in helping to plan an escape for your household. But your first step in making a plan can be to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend!
Energizer Cares About Your Safety
The Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program is just one of the ways Energizer brings to life the company’s commitment to power safety and responsibility, while making a positive impact in communities across the country. For more information on the program, including a full list of dates and locations the Fire Safety Awareness events, and to download fire safety materials, please visit energizer.com/cyccyb.
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Disclosure: I was compensated for this post on behalf of The Motherhood for Energizer. All thoughts and opinions are my own.