It is not a warm and fuzzy feeling to start off this writing saying that there is far too many of us who know someone who has been impacted by a home fire and believe it can never happen to "me." Unfortunately, this is what I hear all the time. Yet, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that 28 million homes are at risk because they either don't have smoke alarms or their smoke alarms do not work, mostly due to dead or missing batteries. A working smoke alarm can make the difference in whether you have the critical extra seconds to safely escape. The message is simple, and the habit can be lifesaving. Chaplain Oscar Smith truly supports the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program. Don’t wait do it now let this serve as an important reminder to replace the batteries in your home's smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you change your clocks for daylight saving time. Share this with everyone you know Like This on Facebook and together, you and I can work to combat some alarming statistics:
•Thirty-eight percent of fatal fire injuries occur in homes without working smoke alarms.
•Twenty-four percent occur in homes in which at least one smoke alarm is present but fails to operate, frequently due to dead or missing batteries.
"All too often firefighters see firsthand the devastating effects on families whose homes don't have working smoke detectors," said Chief William Metcalf, President and Chairman of the Board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Bottom line our wonderful families and neighbors deserve “Critical Early Warning Time” C-E-W-T to escape a home fire, but it also helps protect our firefighters by reducing the likelihood they'll have to enter a burning building to rescue someone still in the home." Families are encouraged to use the extra hour "gained" from the end of daylight saving time to review their home fire safety plans and remind their friends, family and neighbors of the life-saving habit of changing and testing smoke alarm batteries.
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