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Columbia Fire Department (South Carolina)
Friday March 11th, 2011 :: 04:47 p.m. EST

Advisory

Change Your Clock Change Your Battery

Columbia Fire Department

For Immediate Release:

March 11, 2011

Contact: Michael Thomas, Public Fire Education Officer 803-545-3701



Change Your Clock - Change Your Battery


Daylight savings begins on Sunday, March 13, 2011. The Columbia-Richland Fire Department is reminding citizens to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when they change the time on their clocks.



Working smoke alarms decrease your risks of dieing in a fire by 50 percent. On average 3000 Americans die each year of fire related injuries. In spite of smoke alarms affordability and availability, two-thirds of the people who lost their lives did not have working smoke alarms in their homes.



Children and seniors are at increased risk of dying in a home fire because of the lack of mobility, fear, and confusion. Make sure children recognize the sound of the home's smoke alarm and teach them to respond instinctively to its signal.



Smoke Alarm Placement



Smoke alarms should be replaced after ten years. Smoke alarm should be place on each level of the home, one outside of each sleeping are, and one in each bedroom. Smoke alarms should be mounted on the ceiling or on the wall 6 to 12 inches from the ceiling. Along with the installation of smoke alarms, a family should sit down and discuss a fire escape plan and practice exit drills in the home. All Smoke alarms should be tested monthly.



Fire Escape Plan



Identify two ways out of every room and practice the drill with the entire family. Be sure all family members understand the lifesaving practice of crawling below the dangerously thick smoke and intense heat of a fire. Teach children to, “never hide, go out side.” Once outside the family should gather at a designated meeting place and then call 911.

Address/Location
Columbia Fire Department (South Carolina)
1800 Laurel St
Columbia, SC 29201

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 803-545-3700

Michael Thomas
Fire Prevention
cfdmthomas@columbiasc.net
803-545-3717

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