Monday, March 8, 2010

A Simple Lifesaving Message

Eighty-three percent of all civilian fire-related deaths are a result of home fires, and on average, home fires kill 540 children ages 14 and under each year. An early warning can provide critical extra seconds to escape, smoke alarms double your family’s chance of getting out of a home fire alive — but only if they work.

So, when you turn your clocks back on November 1, make a lifesaving change in your household — change the batteries in your smoke alarms. This simple habit takes just a moment, but is the best defense your family has against the devastating effects of a home fire. And don't forget to check the batteries in your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and emergency power kit during the spring time change on March 14, 2010.

Please forward this message to your friends and family so that they, too, can make the simple change that could save their lives.

This reminder for the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program comes from your local fire department, Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

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