It’s that time of year again! Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries! Daylight saving time will begin at 2:00am on Sunday, March 12th. For 29 years, Energizer has partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs to keep families safe through the Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries program. During this time, fire departments work 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 forward for daylight saving time. The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries.
Tips about smoke alarms:
• Have a working smoke alarm on every level and in every bedroom of the home.
• Test the smoke alarms at least once a month.
• Replace the batteries when you change your clocks for daylight saving time.
• Replace smoke alarms after 10 years from the manufacturers date.
If you need assistance with changing the batteries in your smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector, don’t hesitate to call the fire department. To schedule battery replacements, Parkersburg residents should call the fire chief’s office at (304) 424-8470.
If you do not have smoke alarms in your home, the Parkersburg Fire Department has a free smoke alarm program available to qualifying residents of Parkersburg. Through grants, smoke alarms are available for installation – free of charge. To see if you qualify for free smoke alarms, please contact the Parkersburg Fire Department at (304) 424-8470 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm.