From Fire Chief Stephen Charles
Tragically, about 600 children under the age of 20 each year die in home fires. Many of these tragedies could be avoided with working smoke alarms. Eighty percent of these deaths in the United States occur in homes without working smoke alarms.
Berthoud Fire Protection District is participating in a national home fire safety campaign called Change Your Clock Change Your Battery. Sponsored by Energizer, our fire department, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the program urges Americans to adopt a lifesaving habit: changing smoke alarm batteries when clocks are changed back from Daylight Saving Time each fall. This year’s time change occurred on Sunday, Nov.2, and this week is the time to make the change.
Now celebrating its 21st year, the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program is again focusing on children, not only as the primary victims of home fires, but also as advocates for home fire safety education.
We also want to take this time to remind citizens to change the batteries in their carbon monoxide detectors.
We need to remind community residents of the importance of installing fresh batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working in case of a fire and to prevent accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.