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STLFD: ‘Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery’

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STLFD: ‘Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery’

Daylight saving time ended yesterday. Most people have already set their clocks back, but have you changed your smoke detector batteries yet? #changeyourclockchangeyourbattery “Daylight saving time ended yesterday. Most people have already set their clocks back, but have you changed your smoke detector batteries yet?…” Time to turn back the clocks this weekend. As daylight […]

Daylight saving time ended yesterday. Most people have already set their clocks back, but have you changed your smoke detector batteries yet? #changeyourclockchangeyourbattery

“Daylight saving time ended yesterday. Most people have already set their clocks back, but have you changed your smoke detector batteries yet?…”

Time to turn back the clocks this weekend.

As daylight saving time ends, the St. Louis Fire Department kicks off their “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” program. Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said smoke alarms double your chance of getting out alive in the event of a fire.

“Every 23 seconds we have a house fire in the United States,” he said. “We lose eight people a day—eight fire deaths per day. Of those eight deaths, 80 percent of them didn’t have a working smoke detector.”

Chief Jenkerson said throughout the years he’s witnessed how smoke detectors have changed the job of firefighting.

“We didn’t have smoke detectors back then in the late 70s, and people would be hanging out the windows yelling and screaming for us to help them,” he said. “We get there now, and they’re on the front lawn yelling and screaming to help us put the fire out.”

Chief Jenkerson said this is why the fire department is so forward about smoke alarms.

“We’ll come out morning, noon or night,” he said. “It’s 2 o’clock in the morning, and your smoke detector is not working? We’ll knock on your door and put a new one in.”

The American Red Cross has teamed up with the fire department to provide and install free smoke detectors to families who cannot afford them. To schedule a free smoke alarm installation, call 314-516-2797.

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