savings time officially begins at 2:00 AM this Sunday, March 13. It’s time to “spring
forward” one hour. You know what that means, change your clocks, and change your batteries! While the time on your phones, computers, and tablets may change
automatically, it’s up to you to keep yourself and your family safe by changing your
smoke alarm batteries.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the risk of dying in
a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms. “Change your clock,
change your battery” is a simple phrase that reminds us to always make sure we have working smoke alarms in our homes.
Three out of five home fire deaths resulted from fires with no smoke alarms or no
working smoke alarms. This is especially important if someone in your home smokes. Fires caused by smoking materials like cigarettes are the leading cause of fire-related deaths; accounting for 23% of all fatalities (Source: NFPA).
Saginaw Fire Chief Tom Raines advises residents to make sure their smoke alarms are in working order. “The more alarms you have, the greater your chances are of surviving a fire. However, just installing a smoke alarm is not enough. It needs to be tested monthly, and the batteries changed every year. You should also replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.”
Residents with questions or needing assistance are encouraged to call the Saginaw Fire Department Fire Prevention Division at (989) 759-1393.