Statement issued Wednesday:
As the time change approaches on Sunday 03-11-2012 the Angola Fire Dept. wants to remind residents to make another change that could save their lives – changing the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Communities nationwide witness tragic home fires each year. An average of three children per day die in home fires and 80 percent of those occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Nonworking smoke alarms rob residents of the protective benefits home safety devices were designed to provide. The most commonly cited cause of nonworking smoke alarms: worn or missing catteries.
Changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce of dying in a home fire. Additionally the International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends replacing your smoke alarms every ten years.
To save lives and prevent needless injuries in Steuben County the Angola Fire Dept. has joined forces with Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs for the 20th year of the Change Your Clock Change Your Batteries campaign. The program urges all Americans to adopt simples, lifesaving habit: changing smoke alarm and carbon monoxide batteries when changing clocks back to each fall, this year on 03-11-2012
The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping. Smoke alarm maintenance is 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.
In addition the Angola Fire Dept recommends residents use the “extra” hour they save from the time change to test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors by pushing the test button, planning “Two Ways Out” and practicing escape routes with the entire family.
Tragically, fire can kill selectively. Those most at risk Include:
•Children – Approximately 1,000 children under the age of 20 die each year in home fire. Children under the age of five are at twice the risk of dying in a home fire. Eighty percent of fatal home fire victims who were children were killed in homes without working smoke alarms.
•Seniors – Adults over the age of 75 are three times more likely to die in home fires than the rest of the population; those over 85 are 4.5 time more likely to die in a home fire. Many seniors are unable to escape quickly.
•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 of misused portable or area heating equipment – a main cause of fatal fires.
If you need more information about fire safety call the Angola Fire Dept at 665-5555 or the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery hotline at 1-314-995-3939 ext 104
PIO Angola Fire Dept