EFR encourages people to turn back clock, change smoke detector batteries

October 30, 2009

By Staff

NEW — 9:42 a.m. Oct. 30, 2009

Eastside Fire & Rescue is part of the national Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign. The effort encourages people to change smoke detector batteries when they turn back clocks Sunday at the end of Daylight Saving Time.

EFR firefighters will remind people to check the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors today. Crews will be stationed at local grocery stores, handing out safety information, stickers for children and free smoke detector batteries donated to the program by The Home Depot in Issaquah.

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday.

EFR, Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs sponsor the Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign.

About 600 people under the age of 20 die each year die in residential fires nationwide, according to EFR. Many of the tragedies could be avoided with working smoke alarms. Officials estimate 80 percent of the deaths occur in homes without working smoke detectors.

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