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Help Save Lives in Our Community, Remind Your Family, Friends and Neighbors to Adopt a Simple Life saving Change.

As the time change approaches on November 5th, the Sheridan Fire District wants to remind residents of another change that could save their lives – changing the batteries in their smoke detectors.

In the U.S. an average of two children per day die in home fires and 80 percent of those occur in homes without working smoke alarms.  The most commonly cited cause of non-working smoke alarms: dead or missing batteries.

Changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce deaths and injuries.  Additionally, the International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends replacing smoke alarms every 10 years.

In our effort to save lives and prevent needless injuries the Sheridan Fire District joins with other fire service organizations across the country in the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign.  The program urges all Americans to adopt a simple, lifesaving habit: changing smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries when changing clocks back to standard time each fall, this year on November 5th.

The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping.  Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths.  Children and senior citizens are most at risk, and a working smoke alarm can give them the extra seconds they need to get out safely.

Even if you have detectors with the 10 year lithium batteries they still need to be tested.  So, use part of that extra hour you save from the time change to test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors by pushing the test button, planning two ways out and practicing escape routes with the entire family.