Change Your Smoke Alarm
Batteries – It Could Save Your Life
Coral Springs-The Coral Springs Fire Department urges everyone to change the batteries in all of their smoke alarms this Sunday March 13th, 2011. The time to change your smoke alarms’ batteries has been linked to when we change our clocks for daylight savings time. When you change your clocks on Sunday March 13th, make sure you also change the batteries in your smoke alarms.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released staggering figures about smoke alarms and their relation to deaths in the home during fires.
· 65% of home fire deaths occurred where alarms were missing or malfunctioning
· 40% of fire deaths had no smoke alarms installed
· 23% of fire deaths had smoke alarms but they did not operate
· 53% had missing or disconnected batteries
· 22% had dead or discharged batteries
Coral Springs Fire Chief Mark Curran said, “There is nothing more saddening than a fire death that could have been prevented by having a working smoke alarm installed. This is such a simple thing to do, and it only requires action twice a year”.