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Use the extra hour on November 1 to remind family, friends and neighbors to change their smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries, and help to make a positive change in our community.
Daylight-saving time ends Sunday, November 1, and everyone is encouraged to use the extra hour they “gain” to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and to test all of the alarms in their home. The Lombard Fire Department encourages residents to adopt this simple, lifesaving habit: replace all smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries when changing clocks each year to match the beginning and end of daylight savings.
“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 ChangeYour Clock Change Your Battery program,” says Fire Marshal Chuck Riforgiate. 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 Chiefsrecommends 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. For more information, visit www.villageoflombard.org/firesafety.