Daylight-saving time ends Sunday, November 3rd, and once again it’s for the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® (CYCCYB) program, sponsored by Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, which reminds us to test and change the batteries in our smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This is also an excellent opportunity to remind citizens about the New Orleans Fire Department’s “Save Lives, Install Dat” Smoke Alarm program. Upon request uniformed, on-duty NOFD firefighters will come out and assess your smoke detector needs, installing either batteries to your hard-wired system or new 10yr lithium battery smoke detectors if needed.
On Saturday, November 2, 2013 free batteries will be distributed to New Orleans residents from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fire stations listed below. Any citizen in need of help with installation should request assistance at their nearest firehouse, online at www.nola.gov/nofd or by phone at 504-658-4714.
Communities nationwide witness tragic home fire deaths each year, but, everyone can work together to help reduce the number of home fire fatalities. Non-working smoke alarms rob residents of the protective benefits home fire safety devices were designed to provide. The most commonly cited cause of non-working smoke alarms is worn or missing batteries. “Eighty percent of child fire fatalities occur in homes without working smoke alarms. It’s a tragic statistic that could be reduced by adopting the simple habit of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program,” says Superintendent McConnell. He continued, “Changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, testing those alarms and reminding others to do the same are some of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries.”
Additionally, the International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends that smoke alarms in homes should be replaced every 10 years and having both ionization and photo electric smoke alarms are best to alert people to all types of home fires. Why this program is lifesaving, the peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11 p.m. and 7 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,” said Superintendent McConnell. Home fires kill over 500 children ages 14 and under each year.
Roughly three-quarters of child fire fatalities under age 15 occurred in homes without working smoke alarms. Seniors — Adults 75 and older are 2.8 times more likely to die in a home fire. Low-Income Households — many low-income families are unable to afford batteries for their smoke alarms. These same households often rely on poorly installed, maintained or misused portable or area heating equipment — a main cause of fatal home fires.
Chief McConnell recommends residents not only use the “extra” hour they save from the time change to test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and to plan and practice escape routes, but also to make sure fellow neighbors and community members do the same.
Over 25 years ago, Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs recognized a disturbing trend that many home fire fatalities were taking place in homes without working smoke alarms. So through the years, the two have worked together along with thousands of fire departments nationwide on the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program to help reduce this number by reminding communities to check, change and test their smoke alarm batteries.
On Saturday, November 2, 2013 free batteries will be distributed to New Orleans residents from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fire stations below. Any citizen in need of help with installation should request assistance at their nearest firehouse, online at www.nola.gov/nofd or by phone at 504-658-4714.