As Californians turn their clocks an hour forward Saturday night in observance of Daylight Saving Time, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit wants them to remember to replace the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
This minimal effort could mean the difference between life and death, officials say.
CAL FIRE has long advocated the Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are one of the cheapest and most effective ways homeowners can provide year-round fire and life safety protection for themselves and their families, CAL FIRE said. But these alarms only help save lives with working batteries.
Every year lives are lost in homes without smoke alarms or carbon monoxide alarms and those homes with non-functioning alarms. In a study conducted by the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 96 percent of households report having at least one smoke alarm. Yet the U.S. Fire Administration reports residential fires make up nearly 83 percent of all civilian fire deaths. Residents disconnect the alarms or do not replace old batteries...