Peggy Kiefer

Grove Sun

When you change your clocks back and give yourself an extra hour, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IFAC) and local fire departments suggest you spend part of your extra hour checking or changing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Grove Fire Captain Rocky Desilva said “we can’t stress enough how important it is to replace the batteries in smoke detectors twice a year, every time you change your clocks”.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, forty percent of fatal fire injuries occur in homes without working smoke alarms, while 23 percent occur in homes in which at least one smoke alarm is present but fails to operate.

Grove Fire Department also “provides smoke detectors to anyone who needs to replace a broken one or can’t afford one” said Desilva.

“We like to make sure everyone has one. It the single most important thing you can do to protect your home” he added.

Daylight-saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 7, and marks the 23rd anniversary of the “Change Your Clock Change Your Battery” program, created by Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).

Each year, Energizer donates 200,000 batteries but this year the public has the opportunity to get involved to increase the donation. This year, the public can play an important role in helping to spread the life-saving message. When people visit the CYCCYB tab on the Energizer Bunny(R) Facebook page, (www.facebook.com/energizerbunny), they can send a Change Your Clock Change Your Battery reminder to their friends to trigger a battery donation. In addition, people can make an online pledge to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors or develop a home escape plan online to help increase the number of batteries the company donates this year, up to 400,000 batteries.

For more information on how to receive a smoke detector call the Grove Fire Department at 918-786-4961.